“The mind is like a garbage can. Full of ideas. Not only from this life, but from previous lives. There is a lot of stuff in that mind. But in truth, there is no mind. Everything is unborn. Take a tree for instance. What gave birth to a tree? A seed. Where did the seed come from? Another Tree. There is no answer. Worms. Bugs. Human Beings. Who gave them birth? Flowers. The Moon. The Sun. The Stars. I tell you, none of these things exist. There is no birth. No death. It is all nonsense. Do you know what anything is? For instance, a cat. What is a cat? It was here when you arrived. It is all imagination. A dream. The first rule is divine ignorance. Nothing Actually Exists.”
—Sri Robert Adams
Petzel is pleased to present Bhoga Marga, an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Joe Bradley, on view from March 3rd to April 30th at the gallery’s Chelsea location. The show marks the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, and his first in six years in New York City.
Joe Bradley was born 1975 in Kittery, ME and currently lives and works in New York. The artist had his first gallery exhibition in New York after earning his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1999. It was just three years later that he had his first solo museum show at MoMA PS1. Bradley has been the subject of solo exhibitions at museums including Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, US (2017); Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, US (2017); Bozar / Center of Fine Arts, Brussels, BE (2017); and Le Consortium, Dijon, FR (2014). Major institutional group exhibitions include Joe Bradley, Oscar Tuazon, Michael Williams, The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, CT, US (2018); New York Painting, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, DE (2015); The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, curated by Laura Hoptman, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, US (2014); and EXPO 1: NEW YORK, curated by Klaus Biesenbach, MoMA PS1, Long Island, NY, US (2013). Bradley’s work was also included in the Whitney Biennial 2008, curated by Henriette Huldisch and Shamim M. Momin, and overseen by Donna De Salvo, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, US (2008).