27 Days to 30 Americans
While growing up in Los Angeles, Mark Bradford used to make signs for his mother’s hair salon. In fact, at one time, he worked as a hairdresser in that salon. As he explained in an episode of PBS’s Art21, that upbringing instilled a joy and understanding with working with his hands and the art of making. “My art practice goes back to my childhood, but it’s not an art background. I’ve always been a creator. My mother was a creator; my grandmother was a creator,” Bradford explained. His initial works made use of hair salon products such as hair dyes, foil, and hair perm-wave papers, but eventually he began incorporating found objects such as street flyers, posters, newspapers, and billboard ads for evocative and textured large-scale works.
Learn more about the 30 Americans exhibition at http://arkansasartscenter.org/30-Americans.
Learn more about Bradford at http://www.art21.org/artists/mark-bradford.
photo: Milwaukee Art Museum, http://mam.org/
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