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Mark Bradford is best known for abstract collages made largely from accumulated signage taken from the streets of South Central Los Angeles that he tears, bleaches, sands, and embellishes to reconfigure the urban landscape. These visible remains and the residual human energy in urban spaces become the foundation of Bradford’s work. William Cordova works primarily with found paper and everyday objects to create drawings and mixed-media installations; some materials and iconography—such as books, speakers, tires, and albums—are recurring images that allude both to Cordova’s Peruvian heritage and modern urban subcultures. Inspired by graffiti, film, sports, and hip-hop, as well as his personal experiences in the rough neighborhoods of Johannesburg, South Africa, Robin Rhode’s performances involve the build-up and erasure of chalk drawings on the walls of public spaces and galleries that playfully transform his renderings into illusory three-dimensional objects through the artist’s physical engagement. This richly illustrated catalog includes an essay about each artist.
Trevor Schoonmaker is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. A founder of the Brooklyn Institute of Contemporary Art, he was previously an independent curator in New York. He is the editor of Fela: From West Africa to West Broadway and Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.