Wednesday, February 25, 2009
This is Mark Bradford’s painting “Kryptonite,” composed in 2006. The picture uses a loose grid structure and rectilinear, non-objective shapes to create what appears to be a map of a city as viewed from above. Bradford overlaps these shapes to create a larger, more organic pattern. The focus of the painting is from the black center, then the red square pattern to the left, and then looping clockwise back around. The scratches across the page accentuate the central focus. I really enjoy looking at this painting; it feels like organized chaos, with all the pieces coming together to create a logical whole, similar to the structure of a metropolis in reality.