For my second artist study I decided that I wanted to research Mark Bradford, a current artist who creates many abstract pieces. The reason I began to study Bradford was because of his use of materials. A friend suggested him to me and as soon as i looked at some images I began to really like the work that I was seeing. Bradford creates somewhat industrial style looking work using many shapes and materials that he finds around him every day. In his work Method Man (left), he used billboard paper mixed with other mediums to create the work. I really like his use of contrast and the idea of using things that can be found around you to incorporate them into the work.
In Scorched Earth, Bradford continues to use billboard paper and other media to create a piece that was influenced by race riots that occurred in the United States during the early 1920's. What I like about Bradford's work is the use of materials and colors that he utilizes in the work to make them so interesting to look at. I also like the depth in his work achieved for the many layers and textures that he uses. In person with his work I feel as if I could stare at it for hours. What I took away from studying Mark Bradford was his wide use of materials. In my newest piece I tried to combine my main idea of the work with materials that I found outside in my yard to mock the different materials that Bradford finds around him and puts in his work.