Katherine Bradford: Small Ships

September 8 - October 13, 2013

September 8 – October 13, 2013
opening reception:
Sunday, Sept 8, 4-8 pm

Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects presents Small Ships, a solo exhibition of work by Katherine Bradford. The show will include sculptures, small paintings and gouaches. It is the first time her sculptures have been shown in New York City. The exhibition will focus on Bradford’s motif of ships at sea.

Bradford’s imagery of the Titanic and ocean liners alludes to the human frailty within the liner’s massive form. Bradford’s painting can be interpreted as a meditation on masculinity, a play on the convention of maritime painting, or a rethinking of the American hero.

Bradford was an abstract painter who now works with imagery. In 1989, Roberta Smith wrote that “Bradford’s paintings are beautifully made, sincerely felt and distinguished by a special talent for schematizing nature into small, ruggedly made paintings that are at once poetic and humorous.”

Bradford’s current paintings have loose, quirky handmade patterns, spaces, and geometries. Her ships float in friendly apocalyptic grounds. Her closest peers are Peter Acheson and Chris Martin, also pioneers of this raw vocabulary and influential to a younger generation of painters.

The textured surfaces of Bradford’s paintings relate to the funky fabrication of her sculptures. Bradford’s sculptures play dramatically with scale. She depicts steel monumentality out of model-scale cardboard and paint.

Bradford was the subject of a recent exhibition at Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Maine, and received much acclaim for her show at Edward Thorp Gallery in 2012. She was included in numerous group exhibitions across the Lower East Side and Brooklyn over the past year. Her work is included in various public collections, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Portland Museum, the Addison Gallery of American Art and the Worcester Museum. Bradford was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011, and was a recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 2012.