15 March 2009

MARK BRADFORD "UNTITLED, 2009"

"The seven sculptures that make up Mark Bradford's "Untitled" are fashioned from papier mache, newspaper, and reclaimed advertising, and resemble the form of a soccer ball. Bradford first experimented with the soccer ball form in an installation for the 2004 California Biennial, where he presented a small field of similar forms littering the floor immediately in front of a subtle, almost-bleak white canvas. In his new sculptures for the New Museum, the soccer ball form merges with Bradford's interest in maps and networks, and also invoke Paul Thek's earth drawings and Gabriel Orozco's "Yielding Stone", 1992. The shape now figures as a kind of globe-an imperfect, humble, and direct sphere that suggests personal experience in the life of the work itself." I wish I would have thought of these. Oh well. Check them out at www.newmuseum.org

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