Joe Bradley b. 1975, Kittery, Maine
TBD, 2017, oil on canvas
Joe Bradley’s art-making practice is focused on process. He places the canvas on the floor of his studio, walking around and occasionally onto the work while making his marks. He paints on both sides of the canvas so not only do colors intentionally stain through from the other sides but there is often debris from the studio floor stuck to the surface. The artist embraces these accidental additions, finding the resulting alterations exciting – like a plot twist. This humble approach, incorporating incidental dust, dirt, and footprints, demonstrates the artist’s lack of ego investment in his practice. Rather than merely expressing himself, he allows the painting to emerge from the environment, through materials, providence, and his intuitive guiding hand.
Bradley’s work is included in public collections worldwide, including the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, The George, Economou Collection, Athens, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others. He has had recent solo exhibitions at MoMA PS1 NY, Rose Art Museum, Waltham MA, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY, and Château de Boisgeloup, Gisors, France.