Can You Feel It? (Big Daddy), 2004 - Mark Bradford

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About Can You Feel It? (Big Daddy)

Can You Feel It? is a mixed-media piece by Mark Bradford consisting of found objects, a practice he began developing during his childhood while working in his mother's hair salon in Los Angeles. These brown paper lunch bags are ...Read More
Can You Feel It? is a mixed-media piece by Mark Bradford consisting of found objects, a practice he began developing during his childhood while working in his mother's hair salon in Los Angeles. These brown paper lunch bags are printed in black with the face of a child, along with random excerpts of urban slang. Can You Feel It?, like much of Bradford's work, presents city culture in a fine-art setting.Read Less

About the Artist

About Mark Bradford

Mark Bradford's work addresses the spontaneous systems and networks that materialize within cities, such as displaced communities, patterns of violence, and black-market economies. Visually ...

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Mark Bradford's work addresses the spontaneous systems and networks that materialize within cities, such as displaced communities, patterns of violence, and black-market economies. Visually complex and often cartographic in form, Bradford's paintings incorporate elements of the everyday—from end papers used for perming hair to billboard poster remnants, polyester cord, caulking, bleaching agents, and carbon paper—to draw attention to what he refers to as the "invisible underbelly of a community."

Ostensibly abstract, Bradford's paintings are less commentaries on consumerism than they are examinations of specific conditions that shape communities. For his Merchant Posters series, he collected billboards affixed to cyclone fencing and derelict buildings in his neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles. He then used these advertisements—hawking, in bold graphics, services targeted directly at local inhabitants, from foreclosure assistance to paternity testing—to make collages.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Bradford made numerous projects that addressed the city's plight. They include a 2008 installation on the rooftop of the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA, in which he spelled out the words "HELP US" in white stones, and Mithra, a three-story "ark" made from stacked shipping containers covered in the battered signage left around the city in the wake of the disaster, made for Prospect.1 New Orleans.

Bradford's work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions, including a traveling survey of his work organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts in 2010, which traveled to Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Art, and a co-presentation at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. 

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Can You Feel It? (Big Daddy), 2004

Mark Bradford

Mixed Media

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Description

Lithograph on brown paper bag with hand-applied endpaper.

Authentication

Signed and numbered by the artist.

Dimensions

This work is framed.

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This work is final sale and not eligible for return.

Additional Information

Each print is floated in a light wood frame with a .5" face.

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