Eclectix made an early visit to the opening of Bradley Platz’s new solo show – “Blood & Marble” enabling us some quality time to view the art before the crowds arrived…
The paintings are all based on classical takes of Greco-Roman style marble sculptures, placed in a flattened and surreal context. Bradley’s interesting approach was painting the statue rather than carving it. Each piece is an immaculate study of the texture and glow of marble, transformed into flesh and blood. Painted on linen, they are delicately masked from the background weave, creating a subtle hint at collage. The cloth lends a warm, tactile contrast to the colder stone “statues” resulting in a beautiful partnership. Most of the “statues” were juxtaposed with a small color element – a drop of blood, a smear of red or a perched bird. Elegant, beautiful and graceful works, a modern remix of history.
The show will be on exhibit through October 21st, 2012
“The subjects stand as compromised martyrs, moments frozen in time. Pacifists, they were once observers and are now the eternally observed. Stolid, cold marble with fixed emotion, they bear the changing seasons and cycles of time uncelebrated, unobtrusive but exposed. They are effigies from a lost age, relics of a classical system and now they stand as monuments to modern decay. These are our gods, our flawed icons, our higher aspirations of self, whose cold marble bears the weight of time more slowly than the flesh, but nevertheless suffer as we suffer and bleed as we bleed.”
- Via Modern Eden
|A tired but happy Bradley Platz …|