BRAD ANTHONY BERNARD
APRIL 12 - MAY 26, 2019
OPENING RECEPTION FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2o19 | 6pm-9pm
“IndustraSutra” is a solo show for Brad Anthony Bernard featuring paintings and metal sculptures that address commentary centered around the discontented culture of unconventional sexuality, conditional love, promiscuity, and emotional denial in the epoch of high divorce rates, non-committal relations, and diminished inter-personal communication skills due to the Industrial Revolution and catapulted by social media addiction and the technological revolution.
The passion of industry, as it relates to production, inspires a high cultural work ethic and instills pride of nation brand as manufactured commodity. Yet the industry of passion, as it relates to human interaction, at times denies procreativity and inspires some to conduct themselves in either an asexual or hedonistic manner which itself embraces a procreative action without the result of end product.
Per Bernard “The labor of love is the industry of passion.
BRAD ANTHONY BERNARD
American. b. 1967
“Art is a liberator and accessible to all. In my current experience as an art professor, I attempt to teach the whole person, offering challenging instruction while addressing the inner perception of life experiences and how they relate to the creative process. I believe that my role as an artist is to bridge an understanding between people. My artistic impulse is rooted in the desire to bring people together — across cultures or ideologies. The original role of the artist is that of a true messenger. The true artist was able to manifest images that were understood by the masses regardless of their religion or cultural background. Art was essentially the soul of ancient civilizations. My goal as an artist is to make art that inspires, enlightens, challenges, and entertains the viewer. It is my responsibility as artists to document the history, tell the stories, inspire insight and preserve the truths that education and society disregard and neglect to teach.”
Brad Anthony Bernard is an art instructor, an exhibiting artist, community arts advocate, scholar and entrepreneur. A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Bernard received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 1993. He then his obtained his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi in 2003. He has received numerous mural commissions both public and private for churches, schools, and community centers in the Milwaukee area.
Shortly before returning to Milwaukee he was a recipient of the 2017 Mississippi Humanities Council ‘Teacher of the Year’ Award as well as the ‘Commitment to Blues Legacy’ Award from Mississippi Valley State University for his research and mixed media depictions of Hill Country and Delta Blues musicians. Bernard is now a professor at his alma mater, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design where he currently teaches first year education and new studio practice courses while continuing his own artistic endeavor as an exhibiting and public/private commissioned artist.