"Grace & Measure," detail (2005)

"Grace & Measure," detail, 2005
Mixed media collage on canvas, 90 x 120 inches
Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

"When the whole work becomes too much for me I centralize on a space that’s manageable, and it unfolds and unfolds. But what I mean by rules has to do with pushing myself creatively. If I have an idea, the rule is that I ask myself whether I have pushed far enough, into something that’s uncomfortable. Is it making my heart go pitter-patter, or is it making me think I’m great? If it makes me think I’m great, it’s not a good idea. Who cares? But when I’m feeling a little bit shaky, a little bit nervous and awkward, I know it’s going somewhere. I’m all for biting off more than you can chew." - Mark Bradford ...

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"When the whole work becomes too much for me I centralize on a space that’s manageable, and it unfolds and unfolds. But what I mean by rules has to do with pushing myself creatively. If I have an idea, the rule is that I ask myself whether I have pushed far enough, into something that’s uncomfortable. Is it making my heart go pitter-patter, or is it making me think I’m great? If it makes me think I’m great, it’s not a good idea. Who cares? But when I’m feeling a little bit shaky, a little bit nervous and awkward, I know it’s going somewhere. I’m all for biting off more than you can chew."

- Mark Bradford

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