This exhibition is the first survey of the artist’s work to date. Spanning the years 1996 to 2010, it examines Bradford‘s work in all media, beginning with early sculptural projects, and culminating in a number of new commissions. Deeply influenced by his experience growing up in South Central Los Angeles, the titles of his works often allude to stereotypes and the dynamics of class, race, and gender-based economies that structure urban society in the United States, specifically those of Los Angeles where he lives and works.
An anthropologist of his own environment, Bradford describes himself as a “modern-day flaneur,” saying, “I like to walk through the city and find details and then abstract them and make them my own. I’m not speaking for a community or trying to make a sociopolitical point. At the end it’s my mapping. My subjectivity.” The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by the curator, an interview with the artist, and three commissioned essays by specialists in the field. The exhibition is organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts.