Swim Team Outerspace
DIMENSIONS 28" x 21" MEDIUM archival pigment print
Limited edition of 125, 2020
Signed and numbered by the artist
(#1-65 of this edition are signed en verso; #66-125 are signed on front)
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ABOUT THE WORK
The ethereal, the horror. There is clarity in mystery — in accepting that absolute truth may not actually be accessible. If drawing a precise line is challenging when things feel uncertain, why not dwell in imagination instead? The ethereal, the horror, the sublime sense of discovering a new world. Katherine Bradford awes critics with her deft mark making, direct capture of painted emotion and the materiality of feeling — the distinct voice of her presence rendered in gesture. Bradford builds forms through thin washes of broad brushstrokes, inventing layered colorfields and figures who are almost deity-like in space, alive in the world of creation. Emerging with a glow, they exist as community and as composition.
We are proud to have collaborated with Katherine Bradford to release Swim Team Outerspace, a new limited edition of 125. In a recent lecture at the New York Studio School, Bradford discussed her painting Fear of Waves (2015), noting that she “always suspected that it was more about fear than about waves.” When figures populate the landscape, who is their witness? In outer space, a moon may set the mood but the feelings are ours — we are sensitive creatures, so yes, the almost-neon twilight blue emanating from the celestial beings feels breathtaking and of course the intimacy of Bradford’s painterly touch provides just enough of the tangible to ground us. The rest is a matter of choice: are we splashing in the sublime or flailing in futility? The answers are not obvious but the beauty of her world is.
Katherine Bradford has mounted solo exhibitions at Campoli Presti (Paris and London), The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Fort Worth, TX), Galleria Monica De Cardenas (Milan), Sperone Westwater (New York), CANADA (New York), Adams and Ollman (Portland, OR), and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (Brunswick, ME), among others. Selected group shows include Pace Gallery (New York), CANADA (New York, NY), Brand New Gallery (Milan), Venus Over LA (Los Angeles), The Journal Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), and Harper's Books (East Hampton, NY). Her work is included in public collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY), and Portland Museum (Portland, ME) among many others. Bradford has received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, Guggenheim Fellowship, Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, and American Academy of Arts and Letters Award. She lives and works in New York City.
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