Carlton Bradford, ‘Throw me a Curve’, 1993, Allan Stone Projects

About Carlton Bradford

Following the tradition of the Assemblage artists of the late 1950s and early ’60s, American sculptor Carlton Bradford repurposes quotidian objects in order to challenge viewers’ habitual ways of seeing things. Like French sculptor Arman’s accumulations of tools, function is replaced by fantasy in Bradford’s sculptures. Crafting materials like steel and wood with high precision, he constructs flawless but larger-than-life versions of items we take for granted—a baseball bat bent into a boomerang, a cello transformed into a chair—to bring a surreal, unexpected element to the everyday.

American, b. 1957, Corinth, Mississippi, based in Tucson, Arizona