Mark Brad­ford’s fa­vorite L.A. haunts

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Los An­ge­les has al­ways served as a source of in­spi­ra­tion to Mark Brad­ford: the blink­ing, at­om­ized land­scape, the plen­ti­ful street sig­nage, the bits of de­tri­tus that have a way of find­ing their way into his work. Here are six of his fa­vorite L.A. spa­ces:

LAX

“I’ve al­ways loved it,” says Brad­ford, who re­cently com­pleted in­stal­la­tion of a new sculp­ture at the air­port’s in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal ti­tled “Bell Tower,” which hangs right over the se­cu­rity screen­ing area. “As a kid, I’d take the bus and just walk around. I like air­ports— peo­ple are out­side of their com­fort zones and it’s so in­ter­na­tional, with peo­ple com­ing and go­ing. I still love it. Some­times I’ll get to the air­port early just to sit there and look.”

Alameda Swap Meet

“I’ve been go­ing for15 years,” says Brad­ford of this pop­u­lar out­door flea mar­ket in Ver­non. “You can get fresh juice, there are bands, there is food, there is all kinds of stuff. It’s a swap­meet, Latino style. Myas­sis­tant, Jose, took me there the first time. Some­times I find ma­te­ri­als there, but it’s mostly about the ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Home De­pot

“I just love look­ing at it. The ma­te­ri­als just talk to me. I love tape and calk­ing. Some­times I just buy things. Re­cently, I bought some rope and I just put it in the front seat of my car and just drove around with it. It ended up in­spir­ing a piece that it’s in my stu­dio right now. For paints, I go to Nova Color [in Cul­ver City]. But for ev­ery­thing else, it’s Home De­pot.”

Eso Won Books

The ven­er­a­ble Leimert Park book­store will soon be oc­cu­py­ing a newly re­fur­bished space in Art+ Prac­tice’s cam­pus. Brad­ford has long been a fan: “I just love book­stores. When I worked at the hair sa­lon, I’d go over there all the time. Since the 1990s, I’ve been go­ing to read­ings and just check­ing out the shelves. It feeds the mind. A book­store is a repos­i­tory of imag­i­na­tion.”

In-N-Out Burger

The pop­u­lar So Cal burger chain is a must for Brad­ford. “I’m a bit of a burger con­nois­seur. I likemy burgers. And In-N-Out does a good clean burger. I just get a Dou­ble-Dou­ble, no cheese, with raw onions. There’s no fuss. It’s my go-to.”

Post & Beam

A hy­brid of Cal­i­for­nia and South­ern soul cook­ing, this pop­u­lar Bald­win Hills eatery is one of Brad­ford’s reg­u­lar haunts. “It’s close tomy stu­dio and Art+ Prac­tice. It’s a great neigh­bor­hood res­tau­rant, and [owner] Brad John­son is great. It’s like Cheers: Ev­ery­one knows your name. They do a good pork chop and a re­ally good cast iron chicken. Plus, they have a re­ally good burger.”

Kelly Bar­rie Pan­icS­tu­dio LA

“BELL TOWER”

by Mark Brad­ford hangs in Bradley In­ter­na­tional Ter­mi­nal.

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