Updated: Friday, 28 Jan 2011, 10:09 PM CST
Published : Friday, 28 Jan 2011, 10:09 PM CST
HOUSTON - What do you get when you cross a flame-thrower with a chrome-plated T. Rex? Something like what you’ll find at the Art Car Museum, starting Saturday.
The artist known as Scrap Daddy has finally gotten his own one-man show, after building whimsical rolling creations for 22 consecutive Art Car Parades.
Mark Bradford shared his thoughts with FOX 26 News.
Mark “Scrap Daddy” Bradford: Work with what you got, that's what my motto is. You know like when you're a kid and you had Lego’s, the building blocks, the more Lego’s the bigger thing you could make. And that's what's so cool about being in Houston. I use recycled scrap metal to bring it back to life. And a lot of my art represents a living thing. Houston being a big industrial city really helped out.
Mark “Scrap Daddy” Bradford: When the Art Car Parade started, it was a great place for a young artist to display their work. I mean I want people to see what I've done and the Art Car Parade has always been a great avenue to do that. Year after year, I've wanted my creations to come alive more and more. I gotta take it to the limit.
Mark “Scrap Daddy” Bradford: It's really good to see people enjoy them and when I make my art, I make it to survive time. It's been so long I've been waiting for this. I mean, I've been working year after year and I just feel so fortunate to have grown up in Houston and to have a place like this to display my work. When I saw what they did and how they displayed it today, it was just like, I couldn't believe it and I was so excited and I can't wait to share everything with people.
Mark “Scrap Daddy” Bradford: I thought that I was ready years ago. But as an artist you have to build something and put it aside and build something and put it aside. And then one day you'll have a mountain so big that they can't say, they can't NOT see it! I hope that people can get inspired to see what somebody can do with trash.
Scrap Daddy’s exhibition opens January 29 and runs through April 24 at the Art Car Museum, 140 Heights Blvd. The show is free to the public.