Mark Bradford is known for his multi-layered collaged paintings incorporating materials found in the urban environment, Bradford has created a series of new works about Hong Kong that explore structures of power and politics through the lens of urban planning, in the world’s most densely populated city.
Using architectural floor plans for public housing in Hong Kong as a starting point, Bradford abstracts the formal compositions of the blueprints. Numerous layers of paper – remnants of billboard posters found in his neighbourhood, along with digitally-printed colour sheets and newsprint – are overlaid and then partially sanded, enabling the preliminary delineated forms to re-emerge.
In works such as No More Pencils (2014) and Plan View 74 (2014), gestural passages of colour sweeping across the surface give way to an intricate maze of incisions that return the viewer to the original design. With each small square and rectangle divided, subdivided and partitioned into even smaller cage-like units, Bradford highlights the crisis in the lack of affordable living space in Hong Kong, where nearly half the population resides in cramped government- subsidised housing.
13 May, 6pm – 8:30pm | Opening reception
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Saturday, 30 August 2014
50 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong
+852 2592 2000
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Central MTR Station, Exit A
- Photo credits:
Courtesy of White Cube