Always keen to support a fellow Californian, I am looking forward to seeing this show of Los Angeles artist Mark Bradford's work – the first in London.
Mark Bradford, 'Things Fall Apart', 2010. Mixed media collage on canvas 48 x 60 in. (121.9 x 152.4 cm) © the artist Photo: Todd-White Art Photography Courtesy White Cube
His large-scale, densely layered and luminously coloured collage paintings seem almost custom-made for our eco-aware age, incorporating as they do, remnants of billboard posters, magazines and newsprint found near his studio.
But they are not just commentaries on recycling and consumerism: these canvases post the messages found around buildings left derelict after the 1992 Los Angeles riots and targeted at the locals – one advertises ‘receive calls on your cell phone from jail’ – and suggest what the artist calls ‘the invisible underbelly of a community’.
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