“My sculptures are designed with a focus on vitality.” Their structures are composed with actual or implied kinetic properties aimed at exposing energized moments between connection and disconnection, as well as between strain and serenity.
Brad Howe seeks to build on the tradition of geometric abstraction and to sustain that tradition as a living, viable discourse. His playful mobiles, wall hangings, furniture, and freestanding sculptures combine the dynamic planar relationships and solid coloration associated with post-cubist modernism. Their playful exuberance, however, owes more to the artistic climates of twenty-first century L.A. and São Paulo, where Howe initiated his artistic career. The humor, inventiveness, and versatility of Howe's artistic process are perfectly suited for private commissions. This is evidenced in the fact that the interplay between experimentation in the studio and the unique interests or needs of his private and commercial clients serves as a vital source of inspiration. The external parameters that this sort of interaction poses, allows Howe to approach his process from ever-changing perspectives, and it allows his stainless steel, steel, or aluminum pieces to take unpredictable directions.
As a student of International Relations at Stanford University, Howe attended the University of São Paulo to specialize in Brazilian Literature and Economic History. It was there that he discovered the passion for art and architecture that would eventually lead to his first exhibitions. Since then, working from his studio near Los Angeles he has exhibited in over eighteen countries worldwide, and his works have been placed in collections throughout 32 countries. His studio is actively completing site-specific commissions and installations for cities, universities, museums and private corporations worldwide.