Genio del mondo fragile pozzo al centro del centro
del Centro. Occasione propizia per la discesa
ai regni di Vulcanus, Dite, o Proserpina.
Romolo ti ha segnato
come fossi soltanto pietra
e non geometria, numero, frattale.
Mundus. I piedi vanno in tondo,
del pozzo del mondo.
Catalogue Introduction by Fabio Galadini
The painting of Justin Bradshaw presents his works to us not as products, as things among other things, or objects taken from within a certain network of
values and meanings, but rather as events captured in a precise moment, in a specific state of passage, that continually encroach into the world re-establishing
it as an originating possibility through which to communicate and to reinstate new forms of it’s beginning.
His painting informs us of light, of the possibility that this physical event conceals through veils and transformations, concealments and allusions,
the deeper meaning of artistic communication. A destabilizing which brings stability, waiting rather than searching, a hiding of ideas with the intention
of their being found.
The paths that the paintings of Bradshaw follows are unexpected, arduous, indirect, and arrive at their meaning through observing another, leaving a vacuum
that only a changing interpretation can fill.
“Unveiling coverings”, but also “covered unveilings”, the image always represents more that it seems to offer, the meanings multiply beyond the intentions
of their author, evocative trajectories spread out like incursions into foreign territories that are forced into existence by the emergency of a new context.
Every image reveals another. Hence stone, solidly formed, is perceived as a model to be portrayed and, in the act of painting through the infinite
regions of light, he reveals the characteristics of the material, evoking it’s origin.
The eyes think, thoughts see, within and without. The spectator believes in what they see at a given moment, but which a second later
could be no longer real, or true. The Mystery of the Ambiguous, evidence of the unmentionable. In the world of images the improbable
has no place, only appearance is, in it’s most extreme essence, Essence.
In observing Bradshaw’s works it is impossible not to think of the “light” of the great masters of painting.
In this continuous unveiling can be found the light of Pissaro and of the english watercolourists, here is a pictorial naturalism
which plunges into scientific impressionism, into divisionism. We find the great lesson on painted light of Monet and of the photography of Nadar.
But in the patient, almost phobic riconstruction of objects, of “things”, the artist seems to have completely immersed himself in the techniques
of radical realism, in that which has been described as hyperrealism, of an art that is, so to speak, illusionistic and mimetic per eccellenza.
A vaguely ‘pop’ approach that nevertheless offers a glimpse of a cathartic possibility of a new genre. The references to conceptual art are
sophisticated, and bring us back to the ‘ecological’ experiences of Christo’s wrappings, reclaiming that naturalization of the relationship
between man and nature, that reordering which has been imposed by technology, radically reforming ways of being and of appearing.
Professor of Aesthetics
University of Malta