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Urban Power Struggle

June 05, 2014
Mark Bradford: New Work @ The White Cube

On any given day Hong Kong heaves on average with 6,620 inhabitants per square kilometre – its Kwun Tong district being even more ram-jammed with almost 9 times that – without question making it one of the globe’s most densely populated metropolises. So when noted artist Mark Bradford left his relatively sparsely developed hometown LA and laid eyes on the concrete public housing jungle for the first time, it understandably made rather a deep impression. So eye-opening did the experience prove that it inspired him to create a series of 10 figurative artworks entitled New Work, which will remain on show at the local outpost of London heavyhitter White Cube until 16 August.

Bradford explores the politics and power of urban planning through collaged paintings he creates via merging then hand-sanding layers of paper materials readily available in the urban environment such as blueprints, posters and billboards. Key pieces of the collection include ‘Grids Are Not Flat’, ‘Plan View 74’ and ‘No More Pencils’, all of which offer bird’s-eye, Bradford-trademark vantages of the city’s labyrinthine expanse. Meanwhile, ‘Circus’ breaks from the general cartographic perspective, portraying a dizzying façade of a housing estate from a horizontal standpoint. How’s that for seeing something from another point of view?

Until 16 August. 

White Cube / 50 Connaught Rd / Central / 11am - 7pm Tue - Sat / +852 2592 2000 /