About the artist

A commitment to ritual is at the centre of Kadar Brock’s practice. Often working on multiple canvases at once, Brock creates dynamic, vibrant abstractions that are born from an arduous process of painting, scraping, priming, sanding, and painting again. It is a repeated action of creation and erasure, one that layers multiple compositions atop one another and embodies the physical, psychological, and pictorial records of their making.

 

Retaining a commitment to his established process, Brock layers paintings about personal memory, family history, and iconographies of New Age religion, alongside representations of masculinities found in the characters of American and Japanese comic books and film.

 

For Brock, it is important that each layer of the work is rendered completely, paying homage to the imagery it considers before it is deconstructed. The original image functions as a symbolic entity, only at times peeking through the final surface of the work by way of colour, shape, or shadow. In this sense, each painting is a memorial, full of ghostly referents. Yet, this assemblage is also an act of release, fusing multiple signifiers into one renewed object. The physical and emotional process of creation, often taking place over many years, enables a reverse archaeology of the self and renders a delicate balance between body, memory, and psychology. The titles of the work name the layers underneath, encouraging the viewer to take a slower, closer look.

 

Kadar Brock (b. 1980) is a graduate of the Cooper Union School of Art. He has exhibited internationally, with solo shows at Vigo Gallery, London; Patron Gallery, Chicago; Gallery Diet, Miami; Thierry Goldberg, NYC; Almine Rech, Brussels and the Hole, NYC as well as group shows at Praz-Delavallade, Paris; Brand New Gallery, Milan; Saamlung, Hong Kong; Horton Gallery, Berlin; and Sperone Westwater, NYC.

 

selected works

Willow in Majula
2016
demitcwdemibademipcsp
2016
rdnsxv
2016
v break up field of dreams v for vendetta 3
bademi
2016
demivfv4
2016
mystic reagents vi
Completed 2014
demisdhcdemittsdemibwmfs
2016

past exhibitions

5 October – 10 November 2016

Kadar Brock

Gifts Ungiven

Vigo Gallery
14 January – 11 February 2015

Kadar Brock

Unburial Rites

Vigo Gallery
1 December – 7 December 2014

Untitled Miami

Kadar BrockOliver MarsdenIsabel Yellin

14 October – 10 November 2014

Brand New Second Hand

Vigo Gallery
12 September – 16 October 2012

Kadar Brock

disenchant magic item

Vigo Gallery

selected press/news

Kadar BrockAntoine PuisaisIsabel Yellin

Artist's to Watch in 2015
The Art Newspaper
 

Kadar Brock

Sunday-S Gallery

 

Kadar Brock

Top 10 Artists Under 35 in 2014
Artsy
 
1 – 7 December 2014

Kadar Brock

The Top Trending Artists Under 40 in Miami
 
1 – 7 December 2014

Kadar Brock

Up and Coming:
Dungeons & Dragons Guides the Abstract Paintings of One of New York’s Hottest Artists, Kadar Brock
Artsy
 
Brand New Second Hand
14 October – 10 November 2014

Willow in Majula

2016Oil, acrylic, flashe, spray paint and house paint on canvas182.88  x 152.4 cm / 72 x 60 in

demitcwdemibademipcsp

2016Oil, acrylic, flashe, house paint and spray paint on canvas182.88  x 152.4 cm / 72 x 60 in

rdnsxv

2016Oil, acrylic, flashe, house paint, spray paint, ink, and urethane on canvas on panel 76.2 x 50.8 cm / 30 x 20 in

v break up field of dreams v for vendetta 3

Oil acrylic flashe house paint and spray paint on canvas182.9 x 152.4 cm / 72 x 60 in

bademi

2016Oil, acrylic, flashe house paint, and spray paint on canvas182.88  x 121.92 cm / 72 x 48 in

demivfv4

2016Oil, acrylic, house paint, and spray paint on canvas182.9 x 152.4 cm / 72 x 60 in

mystic reagents vi

Completed 2014Hydrocal, fiberglass, iron, canvas, granite, spray paint, and pulverized paintings170.2 x 14.6 x 19.1 cm / 67 x 5 3/4 x 7 1/2 in

demisdhcdemittsdemibwmfs

2016Oil, acrylic, flashe, house paint, and spray paint on canvas182.88  x 121.92 cm / 72 x 48 in