This is arguably a very messy work of art, which is part of the reason I chose to react to it as opposed to other things I saw. I thought maybe understanding other's motivations to work messily would help inspire Coach Halls goal for me to create "messy" artwork. I really like the way he uses destruction and dis-assemblage to reveal a deeper meaning and texture "lurking beyond the surface." I think destruction of my work after I made it could be a fun way to draw in more content. Like taking an actual knife to the canvas. It's inclusion of ropes and knots intrigues me and reminds me of a project that I did in eighth grade where I tied rope around two forearms and hands that I made. I really like that repetition and might include it in further works as an added 3D element. Furthermore I was really draw to his color palette. I love the way the warm red tones interact with light blue dispersed everywhere. It is breath taking. But in his more blue pieces, he uses yellow to brightly accent his work. I really like this form of color play, where there are a bunch of similar colors and then one to offset them and create beautiful contrast.
I am curious as to how he deals with making art on such a large scale. Does he compartmentalize, focusing on one specific section and then moving or or does he deal with the canvas as a whole all at one time. Since I want to continue to work on a large scale, learning from someone who successfully works on a much larger scale would be beneficial. I am interested in how people usually react to his work. I first came at it from a purely aesthetic viewpoint, since I didn't know the content and thus disregarded it. But can others draw the meaning more easily. That is one of the things I wouldn't give him a hundo on if I were grading it. His content isn't very obvious and it would be challenging for people who have not read his artist statements to understand. So I think I will stick to my overly blunt depiction of self-harm in my work.
Overall I really enjoyed this trip and seeing this exhibit. It was wonderful and stunning and think I learned a lot abotu process and its deep involvement in content and the meaning behind a work.
Link to video about Mark Bradford and his exhibit at the Hirshhorn:
I tried to find his website to link it, but the link he has on his facebook's domain is being sold, and I can't find the new address so I cant' link it
I am a sleep deprived artist trying to make ends meet. :)