Considered individually, Joe Bradley’s various bodies of work seem to have emerged from entirely different brains.
There are his robot paintings of the mid-aughts – vaguely digital, 21st-century takes on color field painting. There are his childlike grease-pencil drawings on enormous canvases that evoke cave paintings. And then there are his gritty, multilayered de Kooning-esque abstractions, which contain the footprints of people who have walked over the canvases in his studio.
These distinct bodies of work and others, including the 42-year-old artist’s figurative sculptures, will go on view June 24 in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, in what the museum is calling the first large-scale museum exhibition of the artist’s work in North America.
“It became a challenge to figure out how this work comes from the same person: What’s the brain that’s producing these divergent bodies of work?” said Albright-Knox Senior Curator Cathleen Chaffee, who organized the exhibition. “I’m hoping this exhibition will allow people to see this eclectic, innovative mind at work.”
Source: The Buffalo News