Mark Bradford “High Roller Kats Gonna Pay for That,” 2003
A self-described “paper chaser,” Bradford created this work using layers of end papers—thin sheets normally used by hairdressers in administering perms. The artist, who once worked as a stylist in his mother’s hair salon, lightly singed the translucent sheets to create delicate smudging and dark outlines. Also incorporated are fragments of billboard posters scavenged from around the artist’s studio in South Central Los Angeles. Bradford’s work reflects the poetry of urban experience.