We had the good fortune of connecting with Brad Goldberg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brad, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I believe that as an artist, who works on large public projects, the entire endeavor is one of risk taking. I have always tried not to repeat myself, thus each new project is done with a sense of risk. Although the risks may fill me with a sense of fear at time, risks also provide a sense of joy in the doing, and satisfaction with the end product.
Alright, so let’s move onto how you describe yourself professionally?
I am an artist whose work is a fusion between sculpture, landscape and the built environment. Sculptures are seen not as isolated objects, but rather as spirit-creating components of larger spatial experiences. Each new project generates a unique non-preconceived response encompassing the total aspect of a specific place or circumstance. The complexities of working on large environmental projects have led to collaborative efforts with other artists, design professionals, civic leaders and communities. Within this framework, I have worked, both nationally and internationally, as a conceptual idea generator and physical creator of site-specific sculptures, parks, gardens, interior spaces, furniture, landscape installations, etc. I live in Dallas, and travel extensively to work on projects and maintain a world-perspective. In time, with many experiences layered over one another, I am hoping my work will reflect a cultural collage…more in keeping with artistic truths, than passing fashions.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I have, over the years had many of my best friends from all over the world, come to visit me. It is a joy to host them and show them a city that is far from their previous expectations…a young city that is still in the process of maturing. I take them to museums and and other cultural venues; both to enjoy the content as well as the architectural context and flavor of the city. Depending upon their tastes, I take them to a plethora of restaurants that feature the culture of this place. A trip to Dallas however would be incomplete without going to Fort Worth to see the museums, architecture, art and yes, food. I show them some of my local work and we talk about art, always about art. And of course, we reminisce about the past and talk about the future. They always leave energized, with their preconceptions altered.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I wish to credit my wife and partner, Diana Goldberg. Without Diana, I would have not have had the successes I have enjoyed. I knew what I wanted to do. Achieving it was not easy. Diana, with certainty, has helped me in all aspects of work and life and in particular has helped weather both the good and difficult times, making it possible to do what I do.
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