Joe Bradley @ Gavin Brown's Enterprise

Joe Bradley, Love Boat, 2013 (courtesy of Gavin Brown's Enterprise)
Joe Bradley, Love Boat, 2013 (courtesy of Gavin Brown's Enterprise)

M. Bushman reviews the exhibition Joe Bradley: Lotus Beaters at Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York, on view through June 29, 2013.

Bushman writes: "Completely abstract, without any recognisable symbols or icons, Bradley’s color fields crash into each other in his signature primitivism. Behind the energetic colors of each work, his subtle negative spaces, scratches, scrapes and smudges of dirt from the studio floor gracefully accompany the compositions. The marks are copious and attractive in their movements amongst the brushwork, and while it implies the inconsiderate focus of a ‘true artist’, this aesthetic element also suggests a negation, a quiet subversion of his own act of painting."