As a child in Essex, Massachusetts, Brad Story didn’t hang out at the boatyard, he lived there. A seventh generation shipwright, Story’s roots go deep into the working tidelands.
Today, he brings that lifelong relationship with form and function by transforming his aerodreams sculptures into flights of fantasy. Story’s touchstones of air and water combine with his observations of movement. He tells it this way:
“I'm trying, of course, to give a sense of objects moving through and being supported by or buffeted by, the wind or water positioning themselves in response to those forces.”
The aerodynamic truths he’s conjured - neither fish nor fowl - can take flight into overburdened skys or run before a following sea. Although Story is steeped in traditional woodworking methods, he’s chosen to employ modern materials and techniques. Structural adhesives and molded fiberglass give his wood sculptures a lightness and transparency that celebrates the architecture of flight.
Story has received public art commissions at the SeaTac Airport in Seattle and the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He has shown his work in museums, galleries, and shows, including the Seoul National University’s Museum of Modern Art, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, the Smithsonian Craft Show, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.
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