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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