Joe Bradley - Duckling Fantasy
27 x 21cm, 10 5/8 x 81/4 Inches
English / French
Edition of 1000
Almine Rech Gallery Editions
This book is published in conjunction with the exhibition by Joe Bradley 'Duckling Fantasy' held at Almine Rech Paris, from May 14 to July 20, 2011.
In the late nineties, Joey Bradley settled in New York where his subject matter shifted from landscapes to abstraction with the intention « to inject a bit of irony » into his work, as the artist explained. Bradley's style soon crystallized in a series of ‘Modular’ paintings comprised of monochromatic rectangles assembled in anthropomorphic shapes. While producing these geometric totems, Bradley simultaneously continued his drawing and painting practice, establishing a dialogue with his monochromes that culminated with his ‘Schmagoo Paintings’. Despite the ostensibly reductive and nonfigurative aspects of his work, Bradley's biomorphic forms and symbols consistently produce a sense of familiarity. His black silhouettes of dancing figures, abstract oil compositions featuring overlapping colors and shapes, and more recent ‘Cave’ paintings - made up of blocks of colored oil stick applied to exposed canvas - continue to evince his characteristically expressionistic and rudimentary aesthetic. Evolving like a chameleon painter in a range of styles, Bradley has also begun recently to experiment with figurative forms in sculpture.
 Joe Bradley, interview with Eric Troncy, 'FROG', Fall-Winter 2014-2015