Kadar Brock’s Creative Destruction
The work in “Unburial Rites,” a new solo show at London’s Vigo Gallery, takes the idea of
“This body of work is something I’ve been working on since 2010,” says Brock. “Essentially, these works are made by taking older paintings that are these gestural, grand abstractions and putting them through a series of rituals to deconstruct and physically destroy gestures in the painting.” Brock constructs his paintings by carefully painting them all over with
Despite the dedication and care taken to make the works, Brock does allow for imperfections. They often sport holes that have been worn right through the canvas’s surface by the incessant abrasion. In his 2013–2014 paintings, deredemirtdvii(pfcso) and deredemirtdx(ffbsts), the canvas is shotgunned with small
Another strain of Brock’s work is his recycled paintings. Reusing previous works in a manner not dissimilar from artists such as
“Unburial Rites” is on view at Vigo Gallery, London, Jan. 14–Feb. 11, 2015.
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