Joe Bradley (b. 1975)
signed and dated 'Joe Bradley 10' (on the overlap)
oil, spray paint, dirt, paper and tape on canvas
77 1/2 x 50 in. (196.8 x 127 cm.)
Executed in 2010.
Peres Projects
Private collection

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“Bradley has settled into a more consistent style of abstract-figurative painting. Using oil-paint sticks, he draws on raw canvas with the abandon of a feisty child searching for a subject. Intermittently, he’ll drop the half-finished pieces onto the floor and let them roll around until they accrete a patina of 'shmutz,' as he calls it. Sometimes he’ll stitch together multiple in-progress canvases in an effort to further 'glitch' whatever techniques he accidentally acquires. In this way, he’s become undeniably skilled at making the unskilled mark, and the results are transcendent: standing in front of his new work stirs up a visual epiphany of lowbrow wisdom.”
- R. Simonini, "Interview with Joe Bradley,” Believer, November/December 2012.

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