Gabe Strader-Brown is a sculptural artist who resides in Madison, Wisconsin. Strader-Brown works with a variety of methods and materials and often sets a focus on objects, forms, and materials used in our common everyday environments. This ranges anywhere from utilitarian objects and fixtures to vernacular building techniques and re-interpreted construction materials. He is an artist intrigued with visual culture and the intentionally designed pieces of urban settings. Whether it is a post box or a tree grate, Strader-Brown explores their formal qualities and re-appropriates them for an artistic purpose with the hope that audiences will further appreciate their urban and material surroundings.
Gabe Strader-Brown, originally from Burlington, Vermont, graduated from Beloit College in 2007 where he studied studio art and anthropology. Between 2007 and 2012, he worked for various art organizations including The Soap Factory and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and RARE Gallery in New York City. In 2008 he co-curated the Soap Factory's volunteer biennialMinimal/Manimal. He has exhibited and participated in exhibitions and events at venues such as The Soap Factory, The Art Shanty Projects and the Duluth Art Center in Minnesota, the Wright Art Museum in Beloit, Wisconsin and MANA Contemporary in Chicago, Illinois and Jersey City, NJ. Strader-Brown received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2015, and continues to exhibit in Madison's art venues. In 2015 he attended Anderson Ranch Art Center's artist residency program in Snow Mass Village, CO, and was awarded International Sculpture Center's Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. He currently is participating in the group exhibition Wake the Town and Tell the People at MANA Contemporary in Jersey City, NJ which will run from April to September of 2016. In addition Strader-Brown will be attending the Vermont Studio Center artist residency in January of 2017. He continues to create sculpture through formal appropriation and material mimicry and constantly looks to the ubiquitous items in our lives that we recognize on a regular basis.