Joe Bradley and Chris Martin were putting together a book to accompany their upcoming joint exhibition at Mitchell-Innes & Nash which opens Feb 25th. That’s Joe in the center, Chris Martin is on the far right. Jeremy Willis is sitting in the back, he arranged the visit for me.
This is one of Joe’s paintings.
Bradley wrote a good artist statement for his show last Nov with Peres Projects in Berlin: “Painting is a lot like fishing. Stick your brush in the water and wait. Hope for something big (or at least funny looking…) Read the paper. Eat a sandwich. Think about painting. Call Baselitz (no answer.) Read “Hunger”. Crossword puzzle. Whistle. Paint. Curse God. Go home.”
The paintings have a lot of personality. Would you have the balls to paint one of these? Joe does.
Chris was energetic. Joe has just interviewed Chris for a magazine called The Journal, that’s how they became friends. Joe said that he always liked Chris’s paintings. After the interview they arranged for the group show at Mitchell-Innes & Nash so they can keep working together.
Some of the pages were printed and some were ball-point pen drawings.
It was cool watching them shuffle the papers around, and trying to guess what they were thinking.
The one on the right is one of the ball-point pen drawings.