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Mark Bradford

The Once and Future King, 2011

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Knife with metal blade in stone, approx. 6 ¾ x 4 ¾ x 10 ½”, 7 lb (ca. 17 x 12 x 26,5 cm, 3 kg.) Production by Barnacle Bros, Los Angeles. Ed. 35/XX, signed and numbered certificate.

Power at the cutting edge of failure.


"...Bradford's work seem(s) to literally mimic the labor and inherent physical stress that is alluded to in its subject matter, as even cursory observation makes apparent the application of layered materials, décollage, caulking, and sanding that have gone into each one of his often large-scale works. The resulting surfaces are reminiscent of the accidental markings of the street, itself the result of a process of addition and erasure: dirtied, worn-down, bleached, and rinsed in an endlessly repeated cycle of human, industrial, and natural attrition." Jessica Morgan, Parkett 89.