Joe Bradleyís work reconfigures the daunting spectrum of minimalist painting with an endearing sense of humility and pathos. Arranging his canvases in the shapes of absurd and clunky figures, Bradley subverts the subtle grids of Ad Reinhardt and the pantone hued planes of Ellsworth Kelly, infusing traditional formalism with cartoon humour. Through this merger of abstraction and figuration, Bradley embraces equally the non-objective ideals of 70s art and a contemporary humanist approach to high culture….
Earlier this year Joe Bradley had a show at CANADA, a gallery in NYC. The show was comprised of a collection of monochrome canvases; some, configured in groups, resembled oversize figures; others, hung individually, looked like they might be send-ups of Minimalist art.
..Itís interesting that through mining minimalism (which hasnít exactly been a touchstone for his generation) and employing a kind of figuration, Joe has found his way out of those binary investigations into something larger.