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Brad Thiele
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill



ARTIST STATEMENT: my earliest memory of language play is of one spring when i was 4 or 5, and not knowing its rightful name, i called a cardinal a ‘red jay’ after the more prominent blue jay variety. i remembered this instance years later while studying abroad in germany, where learning a new language had me communicationally tongue-tied as my proficiency was even less than a toddler’s-- my baby steps meant holding fast to a vocabulary of basic words to work in my favor, much like the ‘red jay’ substitute. i turned to wordplay for creative and adaptive support, bridging the sameness and separateness between german and english, opening my artistic interests to shared and contradicting meanings, what it is to misunderstand and altogether the ways in which we deem communication successful.

another bird-related anecdote: trauben in german means ‘grapes’, while tauben may refer to pigeons-- you can imagine what kind of juice you don’t want to be asking for in a restaurant or offering to a friend.

today i reformat everyday language and common materials specifically through wordplay, invoking the kind of misunderstanding and alternative communication that i found most compelling while in germany. by infusing conceptual language play and process-based execution with deadpan humor, logic games and purposeful misunderstanding, i further language’s drastically absurd to subtly poetic spectrum through an equally varied cache of linguistic collage, drawing, printing and object and literary manipulation, encouraging us to see anew our most basic, yet intimate relationship with language and the world around us.

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ARTIST RESUME:


b. Sibley, IA
Lives & works in Brooklyn, NY

Education
2010 MFA in Studio Art, with Distinction · California State University, Chico
2009 die Akademie für Bildende Künste · Johannes Gutenberg Universität- Mainz, Germany
2005 BA in Art · South Dakota State University, Brookings

Solo Exhibitions
2012 you make me read · Studio 39, Thread Studios- Brooklyn, NY
2012 gravity's relative · Studio 39, Thread Studios- Brooklyn, NY
2011 press/ release: a performative workshop w/ brad thiele & maria i. navarro · 1078 Gallery- Chico, CA
2010 in other words · 1078 Gallery, Chico, CA
2010 run on sentence · Humanities Center Gallery- California State University, Chico
2009 Wand, Hände, Boden und Füße... · die Akademie für Bildende Künste- Mainz, Germany

Group Exhibitions
2015 Panorama · CFASS, Red Hook- Brooklyn, NY
2015 Volume 3, TREK · Kind Aesthetic, KA Quarterly Online- Brooklyn, NY
2015 Forget-me-nots · BUNKER- Brooklyn, NY
2014 Stories 3 · 1078 Gallery- Chico, CA
2014 Insider Art: Christie's 15th Annual Staff Exhibition · Christie's- New York, NY
2014 BUNKER · BUNKER- Brooklyn, NY
2013 Fish Out of Water · Liberty Arts- Yreka, CA
2013 2(D) for the Entire Gallery · 1078 Gallery- Chico, CA
2012 Stories 1 · 1078 Gallery- Chico, CA
2012 100 Alumni · Ritz Gallery- South Dakota State University, Brookings
2012 Insider Art: Christie's 13th Annual Staff Exhibition · Christie's- New York, NY
2012 31st Invitational · 1078 Gallery- Chico, CA
2012 The Sketchbook Project · Art House Co-op & cataloged @ The Brooklyn Art Library- Brooklyn, NY
2011 Everything Is Turning Into Something Else · Drift Station- Lincoln, NE
2011 50/50 · 1078 Gallery- Chico, CA
2011 Insider Art: Christie's 12th Annual Staff Exhibition · Christie's- New York, NY
2010 5th National Juried Exhibition · Axis Gallery- Sacramento , CA
2010 Wanted: Wall Works- An International MFA Exhibition · 1078 Gallery- Chico, CA
2010 ApplAudible · Laxson Art Gallery- California State University, Chico
2009 Works on Paper · Suite 180 Studios- Chico, CA
2009 Museumsnacht · die Akademie für Bildende Künste- Mainz, Germany
2009 Roommates · Pengland- Mainz, Germany
2008 All Media '08 · Chico Art Center- Chico, CA
2008 53rd Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition · University Art Gallery- California State University, Chico
2008 B-Space · The Greens Hotel- Sacramento, CA
2007 Pixels to Paint · Janet Turner Print Museum- California State University, Chico
2007 Yellow · The Crux- Chico, CA 2007
2007 Work in Progress · In-Trunk Studios- Chico, CA

Residencies
2015 Workspace Artist-in-Residency · The Center for Book Arts- New York, NY

Lectures
2014 NURTUREart Slide Sessions: A Stitch in Time curated by Blair Murphy · NURTUREart gallery, at Brooklyn Fire Proof East, Brooklyn, NY

Publications & Bibliography
2013 Why Do Stars Tremble? · inclusion in Apricot Blossom by Carla Resnick- Chico, CA
2011 aussenraum · Klasse für Metallbildhauerei, Kunsthochschule- Mainz, Germany
2010 Nothing to See Here · Interview w/ Ken Smith, Chico News & Review- Chico, CA
2010 Collaborative effort brings beauty to McManus School · ChicoER- Chico, CA
2010 Axis Gallery's annual juried show brings national recognition to Sacramento · The Sacramento Bee- CA
2009 Wandarbeit · Klasse für Metallbildhauerei, die Akademie für Bildende Kfürnste- Mainz, Germany

Awards & Honors
2010 Ken & Donna Morrow Memorial Scholarship
2009 Sarah Frisbie Hamilton Scholarship
2008 Ken & Donna Morrow Memorial Scholarship

Public Works
2010 Sibley-Ocheyedan Middle School Mural · Sibley, IA
2010 McManus Elementary School Mural · Chico, CA

Relative Experience
Present Art Handler, Books & Manuscripts · Christie's- New York, NY
2010-11 Volunteer Exhibitions Committee Member & Musical Performer · 1078 Gallery- Chico, CA
2010-11 Preparator/ Exhibition Installer · Humanities Center Gallery- California State University, Chico
2010 Volunteer After School Art Instructor · Chico Area Recreation Department- Chico, CA
2003-05 Curatorial/ Installations Assistant · SD Art Museum- Brookings, SD
 








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