Shane Bradford is best known for his “dipping method,” in which he immerses various objects, most notably books, household products, and toys, in multi-colored emulsions of paint. He allows the paint to dry so that thick drips run down the objects.
The resulting patterns and textures reinterpret the forms and re-contextualize them within a discourse of concealment and preservation. “Painting them this way, in what has evolved to become this absurd signature style of dipping, reasserts my individuality on them for a moment before being reborn as everyone’s again. It’s just a way of saying ‘I am here’” Bradford’s paint-dunked works are commentaries on the use of these objects, their meanings, and the role they play in everyday life.