The Brant Foundation is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Joe Bradley, Oscar Tuazon, and Michael Williams, on view from May – October 2018. This exhibition includes a large-scale sculpture by Tuazon, a rare selection of Bradley’s early works, and new work by Williams. In an effort to reflect their shared aesthetic connection, all three artists show works together in the library gallery and in separate areas throughout the Foundation’s exhibition space.
Known for his conceptual and often site-specific sculptures, Tuazon presents the single large-scale installation Une colonne d’eau – Life prototype (2017). Installed in the lower gallery, the work contributes a three-dimensional materiality and interactive dimension to both Williams’s and Bradley’s use of line. Nearly nine feet tall, Tuazon’s monumental sculpture is comprised of sections of large diameter pipe displayed above ground, inviting visitor interaction. Engineered for use in civic-scale floodwater management and rainwater retention, the recycled thermoplastic pipes are an architecture of water made visible. This is a pipeline you can walk through, a pipeline for people to experience their bodies in relation to space, volume, and emptiness. A tree trunk cut from the Bois de Vincennes, Paris’s largest public park, is installed in the pipeline’s interior, serving as a biological indicator of the health of an ecosystem, a record of the water we all depend on.
Both Bradley and Williams are recognized for their interest in drawing, abstraction, and painterly experimentation, which grounds and visually connects their practices despite the stylistic disparities between their bodies of work. Bradley presents a large cross section of his work—including, notably, a selection of early works that have never been shown, in addition to a selection of new works that are also making their public exhibition debut. Williams shows a series of puzzle drawings and inkjet works on canvas.