Interview with Bubblewrap-Injecting Painter, Bradley Hart

How did you get started doing what you do?
After the initial inspiration for using what I’ve coined the “quintessential dumb material”, bubble wrap, to reference the cultural trope of whether or not people should touch art, I began researching deeper into its original function. Invented as a modern version of wall covering; the idea failed, but I was interested to know more. Turns out a few years later IBM picked up the product as packaging for the new 1401 computer and the use of bubble wrap as packaging material began. Having work that is concerned with memory, plastic, technology, and the digital landscape that society has created I began doing what artist do; responding to the material presented to me.

What’s your inspiration?
I tend to draw on the world around me: art history, media, popular culture, the public sphere, people, memories both personal and collected, through digital platforms.

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COPYRIGHT: BRADLEY HART COURTESY: Anna Zorina Gallery, New York City.
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COPYRIGHT: BRADLEY HART COURTESY: Anna Zorina Gallery, New York City.

What is art to you?
A way of expressing my personal feelings, both intellectual and emotional, about the world around me and what it means to inhabit it.

What does your typical day look like?
I definitely get my work ethic from my father who would be up early and at the office working till late. I’m in the studio five to six days a week from 9 till 7-ish.

How long does it typically take for you to finish a piece?
From cradle to grave, the average piece takes anywhere from 250-400 hours depending on size.

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COPYRIGHT: BRADLEY HART COURTESY: Anna Zorina Gallery, New York City.
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COPYRIGHT: BRADLEY HART COURTESY: Anna Zorina Gallery, New York City.

How do you keep motivated?
Seeing works realized inspires me to continue.

How have others reacted to your work?
I love being a fly on the wall and seeing people’s reactions as they realize the canvas is really bubble wrap.

What are your thoughts on art school?
While various schools have different things to offer, I think it comes down to what the person brings, chooses to take away and hopes to gain from the experience.

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COPYRIGHT: BRADLEY HART COURTESY: Anna Zorina Gallery, New York City.
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COPYRIGHT: BRADLEY HART COURTESY: Anna Zorina Gallery, New York City.

What do you want others to take away from your work?
Ideally, I would like people to perceive the conversation that the work engages in, but if they just like the image and want to take a selfie with the bubble wrap, that’s fine too.

What, if anything, would you tell your younger self?
Be patient.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
I can’t pinpoint any one piece of advice, but I’ve been lucky enough to have several successful artists impart on me the importance of showing up. I’ve found that inspiration comes through the act of creating itself.

Interview with Bubblewrap-Injecting Painter, Bradley Hart on Jung Katz Art Blog
COPYRIGHT: BRADLEY HART COURTESY: Anna Zorina Gallery, New York City.
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COPYRIGHT: BRADLEY HART COURTESY: Anna Zorina Gallery, New York City.

Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists who want to pursue a similar career?
I’ll share the same words that were shared with me by more than one now successful working artist, “If you don’t have to do it, don’t.”

Have any future aspirations that you’d like to share?
I’ve recently started a project for which I am seeking participants to submit personal memories for a future exhibition on collective memory entitled “TOUCH ME”. We’re looking for those memories of touching that which is forbidden, whether you did the touching or simply witnessed the act. Respond to as many of the prompts such as “Hot Stove” or “Cake Batter”, as you can. You can share your stories by visiting www.collectivememoryproject.com

What’s your process like?
Complicated, repetitive and methodical.

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