cleaning brushes, lavender blue
Part of his Cleaning Brushes series, the artist created this painting by gathering the excess oil paint from the palette of another, recently finished work. The resulting composition evokes a sense of corrosion. Brock employed sweeping gestural brushstrokes to work and rework the canvas surface; these marks are punctuated by holes, created when the artist scraped away paint with a razor blade. For Brock, the complementary rituals of applying and removing paint are equally important gestures in the creation of a work. In this series, the artist reimagines the space of the canvas—questioning the hierarchy between the tool and the final work.
At the center of Brock's practice is a commitment to ritual. The artist often works on multiple canvases at once in an arduous process of painting, scraping, priming, sanding and painting again. Brock's repeated actions of creation and erasure—layering multiple compositions atop one another—pays homage to the imagery it conjures, which is always articulated before its deconstruction. The original images frequently peak through the final surface of the work by way of color, shape or shadow. For the artist, this aspect of his work gives each painting the sense of a memorial that is full of ghostly referents. The artist's compositions are often created over many years, and their titles reveal snippets of the content lying underneath the top layers—encouraging viewers to take a closer look.
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Informed by his upbringing in a spiritual movement, Kadar Brock’s paintings draw connections between abstract expressionism’s intense ideology of individualism and new age religious cults. The artist’s work frequently employs a color palette that evokes new age aesthetics alongside painterly layers that quote prominent abstract works from the western canon. Often working on multiple canvases at once, Brock creates dynamic and vibrant abstractions through an arduous process of painting, scraping, priming, sanding and painting again.
Kadar Brock was born in New York, New York in 1980. The artist received a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Arts, NY in 2002.
Solo exhibitions of Brock’s work include: bury enchantment at PATRON Projects | New York in New York City (2019); summon artifact at PATRON in Chicago, Illinois (2017); gifts ungiven at Vigo Gallery in London, UK (2016); Cast With Flashback Cast With Flashback at Almine Rech in Brussels, Belgium (2015); UnburialRites at Vigo Gallery in London, UK (2015); scry 2 at Gallery Diet in Miami, Florida (2014); and dredge at The Hole in New York City (2013).
Group exhibitions that have shown Brock’s work include: SITE: Art and Architecture in the Digital Space at Library Street Collective in Detroit, Michigan (2020); In Pursuit of a Meaningful Mark at Mindy Solomon Gallery Miami, Florida (2020); PATRON at NADA Miami in Miami, Florida (2019); VIGO Gallery at Untitled in Miami, Florida (2019); 9999 at The Fireplace Project in East Hampton, New York (2018); Wall Space at NY(G) in Brooklyn, New York (2018); 12 x 12, 2016 at Black Ball Projects in Brooklyn, New York (2017); Though You’ve Hit a Bump at 315 Gallery in Brooklyn, New York (2017); Cause The Grass Don’t Grow and The Sky Ain’t Blue at Praz Delavallade in Paris, France (2016); Theory of Forms at PATRON in Chicago, Illinois (2015); Space and Matter at Sperone Westwater in New York City (2015); New Vibrations at Brand New Gallery in Milano, Italy (2015); Surface Tension at Flag Foundation in New York City (2015); Summertime at Galerist in Istanbul, Turkey (2015); Brand New Second Hand at Vigo Gallery in London, UK (2014); and The Example at Bleecker Street Arts Club in New York City (2013).
Recently, Brock was an artist in residence at Palazzo Monti in Brescia, Italy. Brock lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Part of his "Cleaning Brushes" series, the artist created this painting by gathering the leftover oil paint from the palette of another, recently finished work. The resulting composition evokes a sense of corrosion.More