In his premier exhibition at Caldwell Snyder Gallery San Francisco, Brad Howe exhibits a selection of works showcasing his diverse range of style. Each work, a one of a kind stainless steal construction, is fabricated based on its unique composition. Mobiles, large metal sculptures and wispy wall hangings will be viewed in unison, demonstrating Howe’s intimate familiarity and skill with his chosen medium.
Howe views his sculptures as portraits. He strives to expose the forces - external and internal - that act upon them. As individuals, Howe argues that we are shaped by the world around us, each of us struggling to reconcile the contradictions between different versions of ourselves. Like each of us, Howe’s compositions express solidity, fragmentation, layers, anatomy, surface perfectionism, movement, introversion, doubt and self-control.
Building on the tradition of geometric abstraction, his playful mobiles, wall hangings, 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 Sao Paolo, where Howe initiated his artistic career.
As a student of International Relations at Stanford University, Howe attended the University of Sao Paolo to specialize in Brazilian Affairs. It was there that he discovered his passion for art and architecture. Since then, the largely autodidactic sculptor has been met with overwhelming success. Howe has exhibited in over sixteen countries worldwide, and his works have been placed in public and private collections throughout 32 countries. These include an 80 foot mobile for the Georgia International Convention Center; an 18 foot stainless steel sculpture for a corporate client in Bilberach, Germany; as well as pieces for the City of Los Angeles and MIT.