Our first edition with New York-based artist Joe Bradley coincides with a solo exhibition 'Drawings' at Gagosian Geneva of new and recent works in graphite, charcoal, ink and crayon.
Though many of Bradley's paintings look abstract, the artist says he often works from some figurative source material, which gets obscured as he adds layer upon layer of paint onto his unprimed canvases. His charcoal-on-paper drawings of faces and cars, meanwhile, are both minimalist and primitive. Sometimes his titles, such as 'All Duck' or 'Mother and Child' seem to allude to obscured images, while others hint at both low and highbrow influences, such as the 1970s TV show The Love Boat, and T S Eliot's 1940 poem 'East Coker'.
Joe Bradley’s protean oeuvre is built on a diverse, curated visual language. Though always squarely in the realm of painting, Bradley’s series vary wildly in formal and aesthetic qualities. From the “modular” shaped canvases of pristine color fields tapped from the minimal canon, to rudimentary line drawings on found cardboard and post-its, to saturated, unprimed canvases, unceremoniously stitched together, Bradley’s evocations of exalted and disposable culture lend equivalency to the discrete elements as they champion the materials of their making.
Joe Bradley was born in 1975 in Kittery, Maine. He received his B.F.A. in 1999 from Rhode Island School of Design. Bradley’s work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City (2006); Le Consortium, France (2014); BOZAR, Brussels (2016–17); and Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (2017) which travelled to Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Massachusetts (2017-18). Group exhibitions include “Silicone Valley,” P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City (2007); “ab-strac-tion-al,” Museum 52, New York (2009); “New York Minute”, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Italy (2009); “EXPO 1: NEW YORK,” MoMA PS1, Long Island City (2013); “The Inevitable Figuration”, Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Italy (2013); “The Forever Now: Contemporary Paintings in an Atemporal World,” Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014); “New York Painting,” Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (2015); “Progressive Praxis,” de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Miami (2016).