Sikkema Jenkins Gallery
530 West 22nd Street
The exhibit named Nobody Jones by Mark Bradford includes six mammoth sized works on canvas. Stretching up to 100 x 150 inches, they complement the spacious gallery. Bradford's complex mixed media compositions also distinguish two areas. These are small irregular shapes formed by swarms of interconnected lines that contrast other monochromatic regions. In the work titled Ghost Money the busy network of shapes and lines is abruptly gated. In Giant, also from 2007, lines travel further into the outskirts. These resemble maps or far above aerial views of cities. Another work titled Boreas suggests a megacity implanted on limited surroundings—borders treated in what appears to be short life spanned aluminum roof coating.
Up close, Bradford's images reveal his interlocking lines and shapes are a layered swath of different materials, sometimes identifiable but mostly scraped or sanded and mysterious. Remnants of paper advertisements are one source I recognize. These conjure eroded billboards or posters on subway walls that have been repeatedly collaged, peeled and obscured. A purely torn paper collage work in a back room of the gallery legibly memorializes James Brown is Dead.