"Civil Brand" (2005)

"Civil Brand," 2005
Mixed media collage on canvas, 72 x 85 inches
Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

"Graffiti is interesting to me because it’s in the public domain but it’s full of secrets and unless you’re part of that system, you can’t unlock those secrets. I can see it for its shapes, its forms, but I don’t understand it. Another person will say, ‘Oh, you can’t read that?’ And he’ll tell me this means this- that means that. It’s all the interconnected secrets and overlays that I really find interesting in public space. I guess I keep talking about that. Why not private space? Because private space is private, and public space has the potential to be inclusive."

- Mark Bradford