Let’s Visit Mark Bradford’s Studio in LA
January 23, 2012

Wow! there’s Mark Bradford, he’s 6’8”!! He’s very tall, and elegant… even his huge paintings don’t look big when he stands in front of them.

Wow! there’s Mark Bradford, he’s 6’8”!! He’s very tall, and elegant… even his huge paintings don’t look big when he stands in front of them.

We’re in the studio, his mother’s old hair salon. This silver painting is beautifully abstract.

We’re in the studio, his mother’s old hair salon. This silver painting is beautifully abstract.

Two big paintings, really big blue ones.

Two big paintings, really big blue ones.

Here’s the red one, it’s complex and hypnotic.

Here’s the red one, it’s complex and hypnotic.

Check it out close up, dynamic and interesting.

Check it out close up, dynamic and interesting.

This is Bradford’s source material, old billboards and posters, in the style of artists like Rotella or Villeglé, but with a totally different context and method.

This is Bradford’s source material, old billboards and posters, in the style of artists like Rotella or Villeglé, but with a totally different context and method.

This is what the paintings are made of… paper, and trashed words, all thrown away words.

This is what the paintings are made of… paper, and trashed words, all thrown away words.

Some more of them on the studio floor.

Some more of them on the studio floor.

A little touch of Rauschenberg I spied hanging on the wall.

A little touch of Rauschenberg I spied hanging on the wall.

Mark’s library is a bit MESSSY!!!!

Mark’s library is a bit MESSSY!!!!

Hey, there’s Josh Baer talking with Mark and Amalia. Bradford is really fun and animated, but my feet are killing me… think I’ll have a seat.

Hey, there’s Josh Baer talking with Mark and Amalia. Bradford is really fun and animated, but my feet are killing me… think I’ll have a seat.

Thanks, Mark. Your work is beautiful and very smart… so are you!