Mark Bradford currently has a show at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
Bradford is a young artist from LA. His artwork at the MCA is terribly interesting.
He took a lot of old advertisements and turned them into something entirely different.
His work is a marriage of formal art techniques and a very distinct tone of social commentary.
The shoe pictured above is from an ad as well.
Bradford wanted to expose the myths and stereotypes surrounding black male identity.
“Black male masculinity, especially in the last 10 or 15 or 20 years,
has been narrowed based on a kind of popular culture.
Popular culture has determined that black males exist in about two or three different models,
the sports figure, the gangster figure, or the reverend.”
Also pictured above is some of Bradford’s other work on display at the MCA.
If you get a chance, you should stop by and check the show out.
The museum is open to the public for free on Tuesdays!