Name Amon First

Joe Bradley. Photo : Marc Domage

Placebo, 2016

Aluminium
183 x 244 x 63,5 cm
Presented by Eva Presenhuber, Zürich
Photo : Marc Domage

Joe Bradley was born in 1975. He lives and works in New York.

In Joe Bradley’s sculptural work, there seems to exist two opposing currents that - in terms of their effect on the viewer - could not be more different, and yet give the impression that they unite two imminent art-historical positions.

On the one hand, there are open-form, figurative bronze sculptures on pedestals. In their form and manner, these works can be perceived as both following and continuing Bradley’s early paintings in an archaic-cartoonish style (Schmagoos). On the other hand, there are closed-form minimalist sculptures, which are to be classified as part of the tradition of his “Modular” Paintings. These cubic, man-size sculptures, some monochrome, others bicolored, are primarily characterized by their significant and emblematic presence. At the same time, the vibrant and comic-like colors impart the works a playful ingenuousness.

The comparison of both types of sculpture in Bradley’s work appears exemplary of the development of sculpture since the modern age in general. His bronze sculptures breathe the spirit of both primitive and modern art. In contrast, the aluminum and Plexiglas sculptures formulate the constructivist alternative.

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