“Architecture can act as a metaphor for our bodies. From the foundation to its walls to its doors and windows. We design structure like a mirror of ourselves,” comments artist Mark Bradley-Shoup in reference to his new exhibition at William King Museum of Art: Grounded. On display March 4, 2021 – April 25, 2021, Grounded focuses pri marily on the exploration of architectural form and how it interacts with space.
Using oil paint, Bradley-Shoup’s work is marked by bold color, crisp lines, and a feeling of vague familiarity. The concept of shelter, protection, and architecture as a vessel to provide such functions is at the core of what Mark Bradley-Shoup is attempting to interpret. Bradley-Shoup is intrigued by Brutalist architecture in particular as it embraces structural elements over decorative de sign. New Brutalism emerged after WWII in Great Britain as part of its reconstruction efforts. Bradley-Shoup looks at these forms as an analogy for civilization’s current condition.
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Over the River and Through the Woods Mark Bradley-Shoup
oil on paper 2020
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