Mark Bradford Los Moscos 2004

Artwork details

Artist
Mark Bradford born 1961
Title
Los Moscos
Date 2004
Medium Mixed media on canvas
Dimensions Support: 3175 x 4839 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of the American Acquisitions Committee 2012
Reference
T13701
Not on display

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Evoking aerial maps of urban areas, this abstract collage includes materials found by Bradford on the streets around his Los Angeles studio. His method involves soaking, bleaching, tearing and sanding the paper, emphasising its physicality. He has likened this process to ‘those tagged up, repainted, tagged up, sanded, and repainted walls you pass everyday in the street’ and to the handmade posters he appropriates for his canvases ‘which act as memory of things pasted and things past’. The title, which means ‘the flies’, is derogatory slang for migrant day labourers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

September 2008

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