The work of Joe Bradley, while always in the realm of painting varies wildly in formal and aesthetic qualities. From his rudimentary line drawings to saturated paint-soaked canvases, they champion the material of their making. Tapped from the minimal canon, this playful work on paper is simultaneously a quick drawing and a sensitive composition.
—Courtesy of Whitechapel Gallery
Private Collection, NY
About Joe Bradley
Working in a slacker aesthetic, Joe Bradley regularly uses the least amount of effort possible to transform material into artwork, going as far as to hang blank, store-bought canvases in the gallery. This approach has earned him comparisons to Minimalism, though his is a more ironic, cynical approach than the movement’s first-generation practitioners. Bradley is perhaps best known for his compositions of canvases in primary colors, which recall Color Field paintings and are arranged to form colossal, if schematic, human figures. Other works, like his “Schmagoo” paintings in grease pencil on dirty drop cloths or oil works on canvas, call to mind Cy Twombly’s paintings and children’s mark-making.
American, b. 1975, Old Orchard Beach, Maine, based in New York, New York