UNIX Gallery, New York
William Bradley was only born in 1984, but is already taking on the heroes of Abstract Expressionism by challenging their use of automation and spontaneity. His work begins with abstract gestural watercolors, which are then scanned and digitally manipulated into a calculated arrangement. These resolved designs are then repainted in oil on canvas. Bradley’s work can be described as "abstract art about abstract art" with an underlying concept that explores the communicative disconnect between artist and viewer that is specific to the pure abstract language.
In this new body of work created right here in New York City, the artist is reconnecting with the early work of John Hoyland — one of his painting heroes — after a recent exhibition in New York. This rediscovery has provided him with the starting point on a new development in his painting. The strong seemingly simplistic explorations of color and form created by Hoyland in the 60's are the perfect touchstone as Bradley looks to dispense his standard reliance upon a Photoshop driven manipulation process. The new works look to release color from the drawn denotation of form — the black lines — allowing for experiential combinations to become more prominent. Challenging himself to use color to denote composition, form, and depth allows for a bolder and more immediate vehicle for the emotional content of the work.