Joe Bradley's large-scale, expressionistic new works featured in Mouth and Foot Painting, the artist's first show at Gavin Brown's Enterprise, are colorful, primitive, and childlike—possibly influenced by his girlfriend's six-year-old son and the couple's one-year-old boy. Bradley's humorous and cryptic oil paintings show crude images in heavy, intentionally sloppy, crayon-like compositions. Strut shows a pair of long, stick-figure legs taking long strides on a splotchy canvas. The central figure in Big Boy is a wild-looking, cartoonish character while All Duck features an abstract yellow form with a huge, gaping, beak. A series of canvases show Bradley's unique interpretations of various body parts like male genitalia in Mouth and Foot (Cock and Balls), an eye in Mouth and Foot (Ichtus), and a pair of breasts represented by two simple circles in Mouth and Foot (Bust). Bradley's paintings are rough, quirky, abstract explosions of color. Learn more at Gavinbrown.biz and read an interview with the artist at artinamericamagazine.com. Through February 19th.
Also on view at Gavin Brown is a collaborative project presented in conjuction with the neighboring Maccarone Inc by artists Rob Pruitt and Nate Lowman called Bed Bugs. The pair created mixed media works incorporating a shag rug, couches, bedding, and common household items that tend to house pesky bed bugs. The works playfully address and taunt neurotic viewers (like me) with the current bed bug outbreak in NYC. In Snug As a Bug In a Rug, the pair created a horrifically giant version of a nasty, little bugger using sugar, dirt, alkyd paint and a knit coverlet. In Twinfest they painted an army of the evil blood suckers onto a bed linen that made me wince. The timely and cheeky show created an air of itchy discomfort and paranoia that gave me the heebie-jeebies and made me want to take a hot shower. Learn more at Gavinbrown.biz. Also closes on February 19th.
Rob Pruitt and Nate Lowman, Twinfest, 2010