Mark Bradford Awarded MacArthur 'Genius Grant'Juxtapoz // Thursday, 24 Sep 2009
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awards fellowships each year. Twenty-four innovators in art, science, writing and more will each receive $500,000 over the next five years.
Bradford makes use of bits of billboards, handmade advertisements, foil, string and materials from beauty shops, which he arranges, layers, singes, sands and bleaches into brilliantly hued, painterly structures that appear to sprawl and swirl. His work suggests intricate systems in a constant state of flux.
The MacArthur Foundation says that Bradford is "developing a visually arresting means of representing in two dimensions the dynamism and depth of the sites and streets he excavates."