February 27, 2012

Bradford / Avendaño Press Release

Mark Bradford: Geppetto

At the New Temporary Contemporary -

Mark Bradford and Carlos Avendaño: 2 Videos 

Both Exhibitions on View from March 2 – Late-Spring 2012
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, March 2, 2012, 6–8 pm
Members Preview: Artist Talk begins at 5:30 pm
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The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is pleased to present Geppetto, the debut exhibition of a new, multimedia wall installation by Los Angeles-based, FWM artist-in-residence Mark Bradford. This abstract work— composed of 2,000 cancelation-like newsprint pages—spans the length of the museum wall, providing an immersive, psychological experience for the viewer. Geppetto serves as a continuation of themes found in Bradford’s recent piece Pinocchio Is on Fire (2010), which has been widely exhibited as a part of his current traveling retrospective. In that work, Bradford, through his trademark manipulation of materials, conceptually interweaves the narrative of the iconic childhood character, Pinocchio—the puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy—with that of the deceased 70s soul legend Teddy Pendergrass. His installation at FWM shares its name with Pinocchio’s father Geppetto, suggesting a new consideration of that paternalistic role.
At the New Temporary Contemporary, FWM presents a video collaboration between Mark Bradford and Philadelphia photographer Carlos Avendaño, titled 2 Videos. Bradford’s Niagara (2005) and Avendaño’s Brenda (2012) explore similar conversations surrounding gender orientation and public displays of sexuality. As Bradford states, “What does that mean for a man to take public space, to own it for himself, to use it as a runway?”
About The Artists
Mark Bradford (b. 1961, Los Angeles, California) creates videos large-scale paintings, collages, and multimedia installations that are grounded visually and culturally in the billboards, posters, signage, and people found in his local urban environment: L.A.’s Leimert Park neighborhood.
Bradford received a BFA (1995) and MFA (1997) from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. He is the subject of an eponymously-named major museum survey, organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts, which has traveled to the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Art, and is currently on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Additionally, Bradford has participated in Prospect.1, New Orleans, Louisiana (2008-9); the 55th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, Pennslvania (2008-9) the 27th Bienal de São Paulo (2006); the Whitney Biennial (2006); and the Busan Biennial, South Korea (2006). He is the recipient of several prestigious grants and awards, including a MacArthur "Genuis" Grant (2009); The United States Artists Fellowship (2006); the Bucksbaum Award, Whitney Museum of American Art (2006); the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2003); and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2002). Bradford lives and works in Los Angeles.
Carlos Avendaño (b. 1970, Medellin, Colombia) relocated to Los Angeles in 1991 to pursue a career in photography and motion pictures where he studied Cinema Theory at Santa Monica College and Cinema Production at Los Angeles City College. Avendaño explores inner-city neighborhoods, public spaces, and urban decay, documenting his discoveries through photography and video to create visual commentaries on consumerism and capitalism. He utilizes a variety of found source material to produce his work—such as marketing campaign ads that litter the streets—and juxtaposes these images in reference to their environment. Avendaño lives in Philadelphia, PA, where he works as a photographer and photo archivist at The Fabric Workshop and Museum.
Funding for these exhibitions is provided by the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.