"For us, the idea of having a work that has contradictions is very important—when, in affirming something, it includes itself and attacks itself. How can you put together all of these things that have nothing to do with each other? You use glue! Glue can be an idea, a word. You can use an ideological glue."
"Looking back, some of the earliest memories that formed my subject are about growing up in my grandmother’s boardinghouse. In a boarding house, each room is actually a house- with all the things that go on in a house. What was interesting about it was the collision of subjectivities- and that’s really what my art’s about. Everything always has a relationship to another part of me. I’m in and out of a lot of stuff; I know a lot of people. The thing that binds them all together is me. And I’m really an open book- I don’t have a problem putting my business out on the streets or, you might say, all in the same room. And that’s what my art’s about; it’s the boardinghouse."
- Mark Bradford