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Previously September 30 - January 6, 2008
Street Level: Mark Bradford, William Cordova and Robin Rhode
An exhibition of recent works (paintings, works on paper, sculpture, photography, video, performance, installation and other mixed media) by three urban-focused artists who explore the ways that cultural territories are defined and space is transformed in urban environments.
Opening Reception: Capital One's Art for Arts' Sake, Saturday, October 6
Gallery Hours: Thurs.-Sun. 11am - 4pm
Admission: $5 General admission // $3 Students & Seniors // FREE for CAC members and children under 15 every day.
William Cordova, Badussy (Or Machu Picchu After Dark), dimensions variable, 200 found speakers, candy, pennies, vinyl records, candles
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Nasher Museum of Art.
For Mark Bradford, William Cordova and Robin Rhode, the streets of Los Angeles, Lima, Miami, New York, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Berlin act as sources of inspiration. They share a common interest in found materials and artistic gestures such as sneakers thrown over a telephone wire, stripping cars, spontaneous shrines and piles of discarded objects that help build a gritty foundation for their art.
Mark Bradford is best known for large-scale abstract collages made largely from accumulated signs taken from the streets of South Central Los Angeles that he tears, bleaches, sands and embellishes. His work responds to abandoned buildings and vacant lots and the adaptive nature of informal businesses and entrepreneurial cultures that rise to fill the void. Bradford was the 2006 recipient of the Bucksbaum Award, given every two years to a single outstanding artist in the Whitney Biennial exhibition.
William Cordova works largely with found paper and everyday objects to create drawings and mixed-media installations. The accumulation of materials and iconography such as discarded books, stereo speakers, automobile tires and record albums are recurring images that allude both to his Peruvian heritage and modern urban subcultures. William Cordova had his first gallery solo show with Arndt & Partner in Berlin in 2006.
Robin Rhode's performances involve the buildup and erasure of drawings on the walls of galleries and public spaces that playfully transform his renderings into illusory three-dimensional objects. He takes inspiration from graffiti, film, sports and hip-hop, as well as his personal experiences in the rough neighborhoods of Johannesburg, South Africa. Rhode documents and exhibits his performances through digital photography and computer animation. In December, Robin Rhode won the 2006 W South Beach Artist Commission at Art Basel Miami Beach's "Art Positions" exhibition.
Exhibition organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC. Curated by Trevor Schoonmaker.
Visual Arts Support
Visual Arts programs of the Contemporary Arts Center are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Sydney & Walda Besthoff Foundation. Programming at the CAC is supported in part by our Business Arts Fund Members: Arthur Roger Gallery; Callan Contemporary; Hunt Telecom, LLC; The Law Offices of Matt Greenbaum; LeMieux Galleries; Merrill Lynch; Mignon Faget, Ltd. and Modern Market.