Brad has been making art most of his life. He graduated high school from The Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley, Minnesota. After high school Brad went on to receive a bachelor of fine arts in graphic communication from Northern Michigan University.
Brad spent over a decade doing commercial art in the midwest, working mostly with traditional commercial printed work. This print work included everything from newsprint, magazines, billboards, and cardboard displays.
Currently Brad resides in Wadena, Minnesota focusing on ceramic sculpture and tile. Brad also does some illustration, woodworking, and graphic design.
Art is a process not a product
For me art is the process of original creation. When the creation or art process is done, the art is no more. What remains is a physical remnant, or document of the art process. The purest form of art is experiencing; being the creator and originator of the art process. During the creation of art the artist approaches with an open exploring mind and focuses intently on the process at hand. An undefinable state of focused thought, emotion, and energy often strip away time and presence. For me, this creative outlet creates a energized collected feeling that I find very rewarding.
To experience art in it’s purest form one must create the art. To witness the art process is the purest form of art the viewer can achieve. Few actually take the time or have the resources to witness art and therefore have to settle with enjoying the art remnants.
Art remnants can tell a lot about the art process and can be very pleasing to any one or all of the senses. For these reasons remnants can be valued and enjoyed but they are still only a reference to the actual art. Each art process can only be experienced once. The remnant can remain for generations or never exist at all.
To further illustrate or confuse:
A persons body is a living remnant or document of the actual person. A persons mannerisms, value system, personality, body language and attitude is the real essence of the person. It is the act, or process, of being you that is you. Art is not a living breathing entity but it is a process or state of being.
The best way to illustrate the state or mind-set that takes place during the art process is to compare it to when you are driving a vehicle long distances. When driving alone for a lengthy period in a state of encompassing thought about nothing you can suddenly realize you are fifteen minutes from your destination and wonder about the seeming lapse in time. This intense, unleashed thought process often leaves you feeling relaxed and energized.
Because art is a process most anything can be art as the definition of art is up to the artist. Swirling your toes in the water off the end of a dock can be art if you are in the right state of mind.