Kadar Brock – VIGO Gallery, London + The Hole, New York
Born 1980 In Brooklyn, New York, USA
Kadar Brock makes iconic work that manifests universal processes. Every artist is confronted with the prospect of risking a work of self-selection, and of self-editing, and most artists have destroyed a work to repaint altogether or to attempt to delete it from their personal history.
Brock's recent work is made up of paint scrapings, stacked upon each other with little intervention beyond their physical combination. The paintings from which this material was derived had been the focus of emotional attention and intention; paintings steeped in Romanticism, with considered brush strokes and markings. The scrapings were formed as a by product of the creation of the self reflective, self, editing process paintings he has become known for.
In their new incarnation they are now paintings again. These chips and chunks are gestures undone, decontextualized and now reconfigured, scattered randomly. They’re layered on one another, and on tracings of the empty spaces they left behind. Holes upon holes – a double negative making a positive. These materials, all these donut holes, were culled from annihilating other paintings. Collected as sacred remains, whatever potential wesen hopefully perseveres and is redistributed. This is painting as a series of rituals performed with its own residuum.