Kadar Brock

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Kadar Brock (born May 28, 1980[1]) is a contemporary abstract artist.[1] He graduated in 2002 with a BFA from Cooper Union School of Art in New York City. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.[2]

Pictures of Brock’s work were shown in W Magazine.[3] The New York Times wrote a short piece about a show he was in.[4] A picture of his arts was used as an example by Bloomberg News.[5] ArtForum wrote a brief piece about his work.[6] Cultured Magazine[7] and Interview Magazine[8] wrote about him. He has exhibited in Tokyo, London, Brussels, Milan, Berlin, Miami, and New York, and is represented by Vigo Gallery, London, and Patron, Chicago.[9]


Brock first creates relatively conventional large abstract paintings, which one commentator describes as "happy".[10] These are then "negated and disenchanted" by a long process including adding layers, scraping, puncturing, and slicing.[10][11] The results of this process are what Brock exhibits.[10] He also incorporates fragments of such canvasses into the surfaces of other works.[11]

Planned shows[edit]

Brock was scheduled to be part of a group exhibit at Patron in Chicago in September 2015.[12] He is scheduled to have a solo exhibit at Almine Rech in Brussels in November 2015.[12]

Reviews and reception[edit]

W Magazine wrote that Brock was "... best known for his unorthodox approach to abstract painting, in which he creates frenetic, gestural images and then renders them unrecognizable with the help of a razor blade and a power sander."[3]

Marina Cashdan wrote: "His studio is an ecosystem—and an efficient one—in which the artist’s methodical and ritualistic process makes for a consistent upcycling of materials across the space: when he spray-paints, he uses a canvas as the drop cloth; that canvas becomes the start of a painting; and that painting has two fates: one sliding door is going under the razor and the industrial sander, before being coated with layers of pigments and primed, sanded, and primed, a process repeated until the desired effect is reached; the other fate is to be martyred into chips or dust."[2]

Stephan Cox, in Hunted Projects: In Dialogue wrote: "What’s fascinating is that Brock’s works are the product of an artist who aims to demystify the gesture in painting through creating rituals that in effect eradicate the didactic artist-viewer scenario. Brock doesn’t aim to create works that are easily read as being a by-product of an artist’s expression; Brock has created a set of rituals, a rolling of dice, where he, in effect has his actions directed for him. This could be through the number of brush strokes to apply or the number of cuts to make, in all, his intuitive approach to painting is not present or discernible to the viewer."[13]


  1. ^ a b "Kadar Brock - 50 Artworks, Bio & Shows on Artsy". Artsy.net. Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  2. ^ a b "Up and Coming: Dungeons & Dragons Guides the Abstract Paintings of One of New York's Hottest Artists, Kadar Brock". Artsy.net. 2014-11-24. Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  3. ^ a b "Artist Kadar Brock Opens His Studio Before a Show at Vigo Gallery". W Magazine. 2015-01-09. Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  4. ^ Smith, Roberta (2006-05-19). "Art in Review - Kadar Brock - Review - NYTimes.com". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  5. ^ Tarmy, James (2015-06-12). "How to Use Instagram to Invest in Art - Bloomberg Business". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  6. ^ "Dan Adler on Kadar Brock - artforum.com / in print". Artforum.com. Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  7. ^ "Cultured Magazine - June/July 2015". Cultureddigital.com. Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  8. ^ "Dungeons, Dragons, and Art - Page". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  9. ^ h. "VIGO". Vigogallery.com. Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  10. ^ a b c Tiffany (December 10, 2013). "Studio Visit: Kadar Brock". Ladygunn. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Kadar Brock Paintings Are Full of Holes". Blouin ArtInfo. June 13, 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  12. ^ a b McMahon, Katherine (9 July 2015). "Habitat: Kadar Brock". Art News. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  13. ^ Cox, Stephan. "Kadar Brock Interview". Hunted Projects: In Dialogue. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 

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