Hermès: a haudenschild Garage project with MARK BRADFORD

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About the Participants and Authors

Mark Bradford was born in 1961 in Los Angeles, where he lives and works. He has exhibited widely, including groups shows such as the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011), Seoul Biennial (2010), the Carnegie International (2008), São Paulo Biennial (2006), and Whitney Biennial (2006). Solo exhibitions include Aspen Art Museum (2011), ‘Maps and Manifests’ at Cincinnati Museum of Art (2008) and ‘Neither New Nor Correct’ at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2007).  In 2009, Mark Bradford was the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ Award.  In 2010, ‘You’re Nobody (Till Somebody Kills You),’ a large-scale survey of his work was presented at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, before travelling to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Dallas Museum of Art; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Marcos Lopez was born in 1991 in Tijuana. Mexico. He immigrated with his family to Los Angeles when he was four years old. In 2010, Lopez joined Bradford’s studio as an assistant on his ‘Bell Tower’ public commission for the Los Angeles International Airport, Bradley Terminal. In the capacity as an assistant, Lopez’s responsibilities have grown considerably from labor and material preparation to documentation and project management. In 2013, the haudenschild Garage commissioned Branford to create a site-specific installation in La Jolla, California. Lopez was immediately named Hermès, the messenger. Lopez graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 2009 and is attending East Los Angeles College and the University of California, Los Angeles studying architecture and design.

Jordan Crandall is a media artist, theorist, and performer. He is Professor in the Visual Arts Department at University of California, San Diego.  He is the 2011 winner of the Vilém Flusser Theory Award for outstanding theory and research-based digital arts practice, given by the Transmediale in Berlin in collaboration with the Vilém Flusser Archive of the University of Arts, Berlin.  His current project, UNMANNED, is a blend of performance art, political theater, philosophical speculation, and intimate reverie.  It explores new ontologies of distributed systems, and the status of the human in a militarized landscape increasingly dependent on automated technology. The work was developed in an honorary residency at Eyebeam center for art and technology in New York City and most recently performed in 2012 at V2_ Institute in Rotterdam. Crandall is a founding director of the Active Structures and Materials research studio at UCSD, sponsored by Department of Visual Arts and the Center for the Humanities. He is also founding editor of the online journal VERSION.

 is a writer based in Los Angeles. He is currently completing an art history Ph.D. in UCSD’s Visual Art Department and working as a curator at LA><ART in Culver City. Recent projects include working with artists Steffani Jemison, Mary Weatherford and Ana Prvacki, a small handbook on the Stuart Collection and its Curator/Director Mary Beebe and the co-founding of Publication Studio LA, a small press based in Los Feliz.

Lara Bullock is a writer, contemporary art historian, and curator currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Contemporary Art History at the University of California, San Diego. She received her B.A. in Art History with Honours from the University of British Columbia, with an English Minor (2005) and her M.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism with scholarships from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007). As both a curator and scholar, Lara is interested in cultural criticism, DIY aesthetics, and “art” as a malleable and ever changing term, especially as it is accepted in the world of galleries, museums, and the academy.