Friday, December 11, 2015

Hyperallergic conversation with Mark Bradford on AIDS, abstraction, and absent bodies

By Alina Cohen
Mark Bradford speaking in front of his painting “Dead Hummingbird” (2015)
CALIFORNIA---At first sight, Mark Bradford’s paintings attract viewers with their bright colors and often grand scale. "There were certain elements of the AIDS crisis that really formed my personality. The ’80s haunted me," (said MB) "and I ran — I travelled the world, I stayed five minutes ahead of the Grim Reaper." Bradford was born in 1961 in Los Angeles, where he still lives and works. Major awards have included a MacArthur Fellowship in 2009 and his election as a National Academician in 2013. Earlier this month, he opened his newest solo exhibition, Be Strong Boquan, at the Chelsea location of Hauser & Wirth. [link]

Mark Bradford, “Let’s Walk to the Middle of the Ocean” (2015), mixed media on canvas, 259.1 x 365.8 cm / 102 x 144 in (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)