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Free Art For All! So Sayeth The Gallatin Art Crossing.

Whatup internetary probers?

I sat down with Mr. Brandon Mead just yesterday to talk about his art and involvement in the Gallatin Art Crossing. I put this wee article together for you, the public so we can all be caught up in this rigmarole called sculpture. It is slated for a press release in the Bozone but like most cool things these days, the internet gets it first. Enjoy!

Brandon Mead - Untitled
Sculpture by Brandon Mead - Untitled

French fries. That is primarily how most people describe the library adjacent sculpture submitted to the Gallatin Art Crossing by Brandon Mead. A simple tripod made out of overlapping steel French fries. The piece itself is untitled, so that name has simply stuck.

Brandon was born and raised in Billings before moving to study graphic design at MSU. His family had a passion for classic hotrods and their maintenance, giving Brandon a foundation in metal work that would later blossom into a passion for sculpture. The smooth lines and subtle contours of classic framework developed into his current mission of orienting the eye to line and light in his pieces. The second submission (located in front of US Bank downtown) is much more dynamic. Filled with swooping corners and unique shadow, this is the direction Brandon is taking his art: more curvature and fluidity.

The decision to move into sculpture was nurtured by Brandon’s sculpture-nerd friends in the art department. A sense of artistic community is one of his favorite aspects of Bozeman. The fact that this town is filled with so many artists as well as the swelling framework to support them makes it an ideal Petri dish for the arts to germinate.

Brandon’s inspiration and Bozeman’s artistic infrastructure mean good things for the denizens of our little mountain community. With his help and yours  both can grow together alongside the Gallatin Art Crossing. The Art Crossing exhibit hosts a variety of artwork introducing viewers to many artistic approaches. The goal of the program is to add at least one piece to the permanent collection each year and expand further throughout downtown, hopefully bringing unique works to optimal locations. The entries for this year will be posted on the Art Crossing website and opened for public voting until the installation date. We prefer this level of community involvement and interaction for the art that we are placing for the public’s benefit.  The involved fundraising behind the Crossing incorporates a variety of techniques and entities such as community challenges and the solicitation of individuals and businesses for contributions, not to mention the hours of work from the board and volunteers.

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