Katherine Bradford’s night vision

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Katherine Bradford’s latest paintings of swimmers and night skies seem to have a new sense of anxiety and dread. In previous work, she explored the fullness of feeling, wonder, and connection under a starry sky, but now, in work on view through June 2 at Adams and Ollman in Portland, Oregon, Bradford’s imagination seems to have taken a darker turn. A head, lying uncomfortably on the water, cropped at the chest, grimaces up at the night sky; the pathway from a blocky building leads to the ocean, with a clock hovering overhead where the moon should be, as if to suggest that time is running out;  an oversized swimmer lies facedown on land, overwhelmed by exhaustion. In another, the house, depicted at night with lights reflecting on the ocean, lists on a sinking foundation.

Katherine Bradford, installation view, Adams and Ollman
Katherine Bradford, Turquoise Beach, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 48 inches
Katherine Bradford, Swim at 6:10, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18 inches
Katherine Bradford, installation view, Adams and Ollman
Katherine Bradford, House by the Sea Magenta, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18 inches
Katherine Bradford, Splash Hand, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 inches
Katherine Bradford, Bike Rider, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 inches
Katherine Bradford, installation view, Adams and Ollman

From the press release: Katherine Bradford lives and works in New York. Bradford’s works have been exhibited at MoMA PS1, New York; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Portland Museum of Art, Maine; the Addison Gallery of American Art, Massachusetts; the Weatherspoon Gallery, North Carolina; and most recently at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas, and Prospect 4, New Orleans, Louisiana. She has been honored with two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work is in the permanent collections of New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts; the Portland Museum of Art, Maine; Smith College Museum, Massachusetts; Dallas Art Museum, Texas; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania; and the Portland Art Museum, Oregon.

Katherine Bradford: Magenta Nights,”Adams and Ollman, Portland, Oregon. Through June 2, 2018.

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