Robert Bradford's sculptures are made from toys, lots and lots of toysFor a long time now Robert has preferred to use materials that are not bland i.e. have some kind of history of weathering or use. One day about four years ago out in the studio he was looking into my children's box of outgrown/discarded toys which happened to be stored in the same building and responded to the random collection of colors shapes and forms they made. Robert figured that if he could find a way of putting them together to constitute a larger form they would have great potential as larger scale sculpture.Over the next while Robert experimented with two other construction methods (which both had their downsides) - before one day about a year ago in frustration he tried putting a screw through one toy and then many others. To his surprise most didn’t crack or shatter and the new series has been largely based around and developed from that fact.
In a way the sculptures are also history pieces in the sense that you could date any one of them roughly speaking from the time that the last toy screwed on to the structure was produced.
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