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White Cube Hong Kong
2014.05.14 Wed - 2014.08.31 Sun
Opening Exhibition
05/13/2014 11:00
White Cube Hong Kong 50 Connaught Road Central
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Mark Bradford: New Work
[Press Release]

White Cube Hong Kong
50 Connaught Road Central

Date: May 14 – August 16, 2014
Media preview & guided tour:
Tuesday May 13, 11am to 1pm (guided tour at 11:30am)

White Cube is pleased to present a new exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford on show at the Hong Kong gallery from 14 May to 31 August 2014. A media preview and guided tour will be held on Tuesday 13 May at 11am.

Known for his multi-layered collaged paintings incorporating materials found in the urban environment, Bradford has created a series of new works about Hong Kong that explore structures of power and politics through the lens of urban planning, in the world’s most densely populated city.

Using architectural floor plans for public housing in Hong Kong as a starting point, Bradford abstracts the formal compositions of the blueprints. Numerous layers of paper – remnants of billboard posters found in his neighbourhood, along with digitally-printed colour sheets and newsprint – are overlaid and then partially sanded, enabling the preliminary delineated forms to re-emerge.

Image above: Circus (2014) by Mark Bradford: Broad swathes of blue and turquoise paper are sanded and burnished to expose a dynamic framework of yellows and reds, adopting the characteristics of thermal imaging. The living conditions within public housing in Hong Kong remain a combustible political issue, which Bradford deftly fuses with formal abstraction, to create a manifestation he references as ‘social abstraction’.

Media preview and guided tour

An open drop-in media preview will be held with a guided tour led by Susan May, Artistic Director at White Cube. The artist will not be in Hong Kong for the opening.