"Blue. White. Green" by Tad Bradley

“Blue. White. Green”

10 in. w, 30 in. h, 5 in. d

Fused glass and steel

Available through Creighton Block Gallery

Tad Bradley received his Master of Architecture degree from Montana State University [MSU] in 2003. The research of this degree focused on the Psychological Effects of Space. After spending nearly two years working in Boston at Cambridge Seven Associates, LDA Architects and teaching at the Boston Architectural College he returned to Bozeman. While teaching in the School of Architecture at MSU he held employment at several local architecture firms spanning between commercial and residential design. Supplemental to this, he worked for several construction companies seeking to refine his knowledge of construction techniques and material understanding—that would then be disseminated to his students in the School of Architecture [SOA].

Outside of MSU his current research and practice is studying and teaching design fundamentals of glass in his studio and glass as a medium of architectural education. This has led to working with students of all ages, from kindergarten to adult artists. In August of this year Tad co-led an international design symposium between 5 international universities, held in northern Scotland. In addition to teaching, Tad’s practice is utilizing his master’s-degree research in order to design architecturally-scaled fine art in both the public and private realms. His fifth permanent art installation was recently installed in the enclosed stair of MSU’s new parking garage.

“It is because of my architectural education that I work in the manner and with the materials that I do. Every material has layers of complexity that must be understood in order to manipulate and accomplish the goal of the work. Different tools demand varying levels of skill and practice. Architecture and the art involved that transcend ‘space’ are built from multiple and simple levels of clarity, which upon overlapping, create an orchestra to be inhabited and experienced. I explore architectural compositions within my work. Ideas of transparency, structure and relationships of relativity easily scale from art to architecture. I am compelled to create using an abstract visual language. This allows the greatest breadth of interpretation by those who view the work.

I continually seek to more fully understand materials, fabrication, composition, interpretation and myself through the work I make. I have found that working with one’s hands offers a level of knowledge that cannot be learned through any text, no matter how eloquently written.”

– Tad Bradley

View more of Tad’s work at www.tadbradleydesigns.com

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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