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Artist Talk with Cade Bradshaw

Artist Talk with Cade Bradshaw

“Eye’s Got It!” is an annual visual art competition created by Jamie Salvador Castillo that brings together a professional panel of judges and artists from all over Central Texas. Artist’s submissions are whittled down through three rounds of increasingly tougher critique and discussions. The grand prize is a solo show at grayDUCK gallery. We are excited to present this year’s winner, San Antonio artist, Cade Bradshaw who won over the judges with his meticulous sculptures and his insight into the natural world. Cade Bradshaw Formally trained in biology, my work uses a scientific process to explore the complexity of our world. I make observations about our environments and lives, then devise quantitative and qualitative studies. Through this analysis, I make objects exploring the nature of our realities. Of specific concern are our foundations for knowledge, and perceptions of time and space. Biological and chemical changes happen on vast and varied scales. Trees can grow a foot or more per year, and may live to be several thousands years old. Similarly, molecules quickly assemble and disassemble to create mechanically complex chains. Both forms of growth rival the most advanced creations of mankind, yet have evolved from the deceptively simple process of repeated success and failure. The human life span is a slim frame of reference when compared to the vastness of our universe. Our senses amass multitudes of data, and mingle with imagination and memory to produce our version of the world. Consciousness fluctuates as it attempts to reconcile this onslaught of sensory inputs. These “objective” inputs are muddled as we begin to form memories. As time passes, we are left to unravel what is remembered, and what is imagined. Little Worlds, covers a broad expanse of time and the notion of objective reality.

“Eye’s Got It!” is an annual visual art competition created by Jamie Salvador Castillo that brings together a professional panel of judges and artists from all over Central Texas. Artist’s submissions are whittled down through three rounds of increasingly tougher critique and discussions. The grand prize is a solo show at grayDUCK gallery. We are excited to present this year’s winner, San Antonio artist, Cade Bradshaw who won over the judges with his meticulous sculptures and his insight into the natural world. Cade Bradshaw Formally trained in biology, my work uses a scientific process to explore the complexity of our world. I make observations about our environments and lives, then devise quantitative and qualitative studies. Through this analysis, I make objects exploring the nature of our realities. Of specific concern are our foundations for knowledge, and perceptions of time and space. Biological and chemical changes happen on vast and varied scales. Trees can grow a foot or more per year, and may live to be several thousands years old. Similarly, molecules quickly assemble and disassemble to create mechanically complex chains. Both forms of growth rival the most advanced creations of mankind, yet have evolved from the deceptively simple process of repeated success and failure. The human life span is a slim frame of reference when compared to the vastness of our universe. Our senses amass multitudes of data, and mingle with imagination and memory to produce our version of the world. Consciousness fluctuates as it attempts to reconcile this onslaught of sensory inputs. These “objective” inputs are muddled as we begin to form memories. As time passes, we are left to unravel what is remembered, and what is imagined. Little Worlds, covers a broad expanse of time and the notion of objective reality.

This is the last weekend to see the Collectors Show. Stop on by and see all the great work in this exhibition. Thank you Ann Berman, Shawn Smith, Anastasia Colombo, Jay Colombo, Shalini Ramanathan, Chris Tomlinson, Elisa Sumner, Joel Sumner, Mike Chesser & Don Mullins for all your hard work!

Shalini Ramanathan & Chris Tomlinson - participating collectors in the Collector Show. Shalini and Chris have lived and worked all over the world. Chris is a writer and reporter, and Shalini develops huge wind energy projects. Their collection reflects the places they have called home. “We’ve been lucky to live abroad and travel the world. We know that talent/creativity/insight aren’t owned by any one group of people. We’re interested in supporting voices that aren’t always heard.” Their house is filled with art that commemorates important moments in their lives and celebrates the friends that surround them. “We buy what we love, and we don’t pay too much attention to the crazy money aspect of the art world. We believe that a community is defined as much by its artists as by its geography or its festivals, and that we need artists to help us understand ourselves and our world. If you want a vibrant community, consider supporting local artists.”

Elisa Sumner & Joel Sumner - participating collectors in the Collectors Show. Elisa and Joel keep an exhaustive social calendar supporting local art. Simply put, they see everything. “We are both employed in high-tech and we wish there were more techies who were collecting Austin art. That’s been our white whale - to find more of us.” They began their collecting in 2003, visiting studios during EAST. “Each year the artists we saw the previous year generously gave their recommendations of new people to see. The wonderful thing about the Austin arts community is that everyone is so eager to share what they think is cool or interesting.” Joel and Elisa have a distinctive collection, and they don’t shy away from difficult subject matter or unusual materials in fact they are drawn to it.

Little Worlds - Cade Bradshaw

Little Worlds - Cade Bradshaw

Opening Reception: Friday, June 23, 7-10pm Exhibition Dates: June 23 – July 23, 2017 Artist Talk: Sunday, June 25, 2pm “Eye’s Got It!” is an annual visual art competition created by Jamie Salvador Castillo that brings together a professional panel of judges and artists from all over Central Texas. Artist’s submissions are whittled down through three rounds of increasingly tougher critique and discussions. The grand prize is a solo show at grayDUCK gallery. We are excited to present this year’s winner, San Antonio artist, Cade Bradshaw who won over the judges with his meticulous sculptures and his insight into the natural world. Cade Bradshaw Formally trained in biology, my work uses a scientific process to explore the complexity of our world. I make observations about our environments and lives, then devise quantitative and qualitative studies. Through this analysis, I make objects exploring the nature of our realities. Of specific concern are our foundations for knowledge, and perceptions of time and space. Biological and chemical changes happen on vast and varied scales. Trees can grow a foot or more per year, and may live to be several thousands years old. Similarly, molecules quickly assemble and disassemble to create mechanically complex chains. Both forms of growth rival the most advanced creations of mankind, yet have evolved from the deceptively simple process of repeated success and failure. The human life span is a slim frame of reference when compared to the vastness of our universe. Our senses amass multitudes of data, and mingle with imagination and memory to produce our version of the world. Consciousness fluctuates as it attempts to reconcile this onslaught of sensory inputs. These “objective” inputs are muddled as we begin to form memories. As time passes, we are left to unravel what is remembered, and what is imagined. Little Worlds, covers a broad expanse of time and the notion of objective reality.

Opening Reception: Friday, June 23, 7-10pm Exhibition Dates: June 23 – July 23, 2017 Artist Talk: Sunday, June 25, 2pm “Eye’s Got It!” is an annual visual art competition created by Jamie Salvador Castillo that brings together a professional panel of judges and artists from all over Central Texas. Artist’s submissions are whittled down through three rounds of increasingly tougher critique and discussions. The grand prize is a solo show at grayDUCK gallery. We are excited to present this year’s winner, San Antonio artist, Cade Bradshaw who won over the judges with his meticulous sculptures and his insight into the natural world. Cade Bradshaw Formally trained in biology, my work uses a scientific process to explore the complexity of our world. I make observations about our environments and lives, then devise quantitative and qualitative studies. Through this analysis, I make objects exploring the nature of our realities. Of specific concern are our foundations for knowledge, and perceptions of time and space. Biological and chemical changes happen on vast and varied scales. Trees can grow a foot or more per year, and may live to be several thousands years old. Similarly, molecules quickly assemble and disassemble to create mechanically complex chains. Both forms of growth rival the most advanced creations of mankind, yet have evolved from the deceptively simple process of repeated success and failure. The human life span is a slim frame of reference when compared to the vastness of our universe. Our senses amass multitudes of data, and mingle with imagination and memory to produce our version of the world. Consciousness fluctuates as it attempts to reconcile this onslaught of sensory inputs. These “objective” inputs are muddled as we begin to form memories. As time passes, we are left to unravel what is remembered, and what is imagined. Little Worlds, covers a broad expanse of time and the notion of objective reality.

Donald Mullins - participation collector in the Collectors Show. Don started collecting art in his hometown, Houston, in the early 1990s. After moving to Austin, he became attracted to the lively art scene surrounding the Creative Research Laboratory at Flatbed Press (now the Visual Arts Center at UT). CRL was a venue that provided emerging artists a first exhibition space and seasoned artists a home base. While creating dialogues across communities, they collaborated with other art groups and galleries such as the Fresh Up Club. Don developed many deep friendships at those art shows that have lasted until today. “Lots of people see the art world as inaccessible or elitist. That may be the case in certain circles, but I have always found artists to be the easiest and most interesting entry point. I make friends and ask lots of questions. The fact that you are interested in their work means you have a connection.“

Ann Berman & Shawn Smith - participating collectors in the Collectors Show Ann, who has a dancer/choreographer background and is currently working as a finance director, has the same left brain-right brain dynamic as her internationally exhibiting artist and science geek husband, Shawn. Their collection, which has been put together with quirky love and humor, had a wonderful beginning. “We were first inspired to start collecting back in Dallas in 1995 when we met well-known collectors, Sonny Burt and Bob Butler. They were interested in buying one of Shawn’s sculptures and invited us to tour their home which was custom built to house their extensive art collection. They collected what they loved, not what was necessarily fashionable or a wise investment opportunity. We were deeply inspired and we became life-long friends. When we got engaged in 2001, rather than registering for china and silverware, we asked people to consider donating to our future art collection. Since then, we have followed in Sonny and Bob’s footsteps and purchased pieces that tickled us and made us happy. The first piece we purchased with our wedding fund was Semper Cute by Kathy Aoki. We were immediately drawn to its ambiguity, quirkiness, and humor. Like Sonny and Bob, we purchase things we love.”

Anastasia Colombo & Jay Colombo - participating collectors in the Collectors Show Anastasia is a pillar of the art community and has worked as a gallerist, curator and arts organization board member. Jay is a talented architect who has an eye for details and design. They are a creative force, and art has always been a part of their lives. They might not have a narrow style that they collect, but they are devoted to Texas artists. “Our primary interest is work by contemporary Texas artists. There is a lot of talent in this state, and we want to do what we can to support that. We look at, and appreciate work we see while traveling, and the day may come that we're more strongly tempted, but it hasn't happened yet. If we buy a book, it's from Bookpeople, not Amazon. If we buy art, it's from a Texas artist or gallery, not from an art fair in Miami. We also never buy artworks with a mind towards investment value. We simply buy things we love and want to see all the time.“

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Thank you Wayne Alan Brenner and the Austin Chronicle for the article! https://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/arts/2017-05-24/the-collectors-show-at-grayduck-gallery/

Come on out to see the Collectors Show at grayDUCK Gallery!

Mike Chesser - participating collector in the Collectors Show With a photography background, Mike has a keen eye for composition and curation. He has always had a desire to collect things, which began as a boy, with his collection of rocks. His first piece of art was a horse print his parents bought for him; He still has it today. A close photographer friend of his in New Your City would buy all the up-and-coming artwork of the day, and then turn around and sell it to his friends. He was Mike’s unofficial art dealer and he learned quite a bit from him. Mike is a leader in the Austin art community; He is a member of the Contemporary Austin Board and a supporter of many arts organizations, too many to count.

Collectors Show

Collectors Show

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 20, 7-10pm Exhibition Dates: May 20 – June 18, 2017 Collectors Show is a celebration of local collectors that champion art on a personal level. grayDUCK has invited several local collectors to share artworks from their private collections, offering the public the opportunity to view works signifying a lifelong commitment to the arts, and the artists that have ignited their passion for collecting. Participating Collectors: Ann Berman & Shawn Smith, Mike Chesser, Anastasia & Jay Colombo, Donlad R. Mullins, Shalini Ramanathan & Chris Tomlinson, Elisa & Joel Sumner The role of the art collector is vital and complex; it is an investment in the life and legacy of artists. This exhibition offers an insight into the relationships forged between collectors and artists by presenting a sampling of artwork for which these art lovers have found space in their homes. Pieces that they live with on a daily basis. With this show, we hope to inspire new collectors by showing how personal the experience of curating your collection can be. What you choose to surround yourself with can provide insight into your history, your philosophy, even your personality.

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