Joe Bradley’s large-scale canvases bring together various references to movements in 20th century art history- from Primitivism and Abstract Expressionism to Minimalism and Pop Art, his works recalls the iconography of arcade game graphics, TV test patterns and logo branding. Arranging his canvases into shapes of absurd and clunky figures, Bradley infuses traditional formalism with cartoon humour to examine non-objective ideals of the past, taking a humanist approach to consumer culture. This merger of abstraction and figuration allows Bradley to embrace the non-objective ideals of 70s art and a contemporary humanist approach to high culture equally.
Executed on pre-fab canvases and painted with deliberate mediocrity, Bradley’s works are immediately sympathetic in their impoverished aesthetic. He leaves his unprimed canvases on his studio floor to pick up dirt, footprints, and bits of refuse to testify to their time underfoot and accentuates their primitivist style.
Bradley was born in 1975, Maine, and lives and works in New York. In 1999, he earned his BFA at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence.
His work has been featured in solo exhibitions around the world, including shows at: Karma, Amagansett, NY; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Antiparos, Greece; Le Consortium, Dijon, France; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich; Peres Projects, Berlin; Jonathan Viner, London; and Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston. Group exhibitions in which his work has been featured include shows at: MOMA, New York, NY; Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels; Simon Dickinson Fine Art, London; American Academy in Rome, Rome; Gladstone Gallery, New York; The Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; and The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn.
Bradley’s work is included in the collections of The Saatchi Gallery, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, among others.