Mark Bradford is an artist who incorporates ephemera from urban environments into mixed-media works on canvas that are rich in texture and visual complexity. Though he has experimented throughout his career with many different artistic media, including public art, installations, and video, his signature and best-known work takes the form of massively scaled, abstract collages that he assembles out of signage and other materials collected, most frequently, from his own neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles. Bradford’s aesthetic language makes use of such elements as bits of billboards, handmade advertisements, foil, string, and permanent wave end-papers from beauty shops, which he arranges, layers, singes, sands, and bleaches into brilliantly hued, painterly structures that appear to sprawl and swirl. Loosely gridded and often cartographic in character, these pieces both reflect his interest in the formal traditions of modernist abstraction and reference the communities from which he culls his materials.
Glimpses of partially legible text and imagery within his map-like works evoke a multitude of metaphors and suggest intricate systems in a constant state of flux. In the multilayered tableau Los Moscos (2004), bursts of bright yellows and reds radiate through a predominance of darker fragments, calling to mind clusters of pulsing city lights viewed from a collapsed and distanced perspective. With this piece and numerous others in his increasingly ambitious body of work, Bradford is developing a visually arresting means of representing in two dimensions the dynamism and depth of the sites and streets he excavates.
Mark Bradford received a B.F.A. (1995) and an M.F.A. (1997) from the California Institute of the Arts. His work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions at such venues as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, among many others.
Rosson Crow's exhibit "Bowery Boys” featured her talented nostalgic snapshots of the streets of lower Manhattan. The beautifully rendered works featured periods from the 1800′s to the current landscape depicting the gritty urban facades of the “Big Apple”. Fully utilizing the grand space that Deitch Projects is renowned for, Rosson’s ginormous environmental pieces transported the audience to a dreamy realm that only “Ro-Crow’s” imagination could. The house was packed from the opening moments as many out-of-towners were drawn to see what Deitch and Rosson could produce. Via: (ArrestedMotion.com)
Jose Parla had a huge opening this past week in New York City during Armory week and the show was sold out. Parla's work appear like old rundown walls you would find in an abandoned building or down an street in the inner city.
His tag name was Ease growing up and now his work is in respected galleries all over the US and Europe. His work is now made into products and assessories
His paintings incorporate calligraphy into pictures that resemble distressed city walls. Art historian Michael Betancourt divided his paintings into three categories: walls, diaries, and pictures. Walls are mural sized, diaries are smaller than walls, heavily filled with writing, and resemble a palimpsest. Pictures are the size of traditional paintings, but their visual contents resembles the walls but without the scale. “What Parlá’s work provides to its viewers is a way to re-see the city and re-engage the value of urban life.”
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“Scars is a series composed of 20 portraits of residents of Mexico City. Each resident decided to engrave ink marks on their neck/faces as a statement of their life experiences. This allows them to step out of the crowd, define themselves as unique and by no means look back. Just forward.”
“Carlos Alvarez Montero is a native from Mexico City. His work focuses on the relationship between appearance and the creation of identity.”
Swoon is a street artist originally from Daytona Beach, Florida. She moved to New York City at age nineteen, and specializes in life-size wheatpaste prints and paper cutouts of figures. Swoon, real name Caledonia Dance Curry, studied painting at the Pratt Institue in Brooklyn and started doing street art around 1999. Swoon is also a member of the Justseeds Artist Cooperative.
“Cast between worlds of opposing values, at once an anonymous prestidigitator and high-ranking glitterati, TYPOE straddles an unseen fence. His handiwork, which swaths billboards, public arenas, and buildings literally rotting with neglect, has expanded from the crumbling edifice of a cultural misnomer into the social spotlight. By nature a commenter, a heckler, his self-referential styling’s are violent and poetic in equal measure. ” Via: CoolHunting