Brad Reed Nelson Exhibition – September 14 to October 5, 2018

“I see myself as a ‘maker.’ I can be an inventor, I can be an artist, and I can be a designer, but I just make shit—that’s all I do,”
Brad Reed Nelson on Object, function know function exhibition at the Art Base.

The Charles J. Wyly Gallery at the Art Base and Rich Carr, CCY ARCHITECTS are excited to present an upcoming exhibition, Object, function know function, showcasing nationally exhibited Carbondale-based artist, inventor, furniture, and product designer/maker Brad Reed Nelson. Opening reception is Friday, September 14, from 5-7pm. The exhibition dates are September 14-October 5, 2018.

Object, function know function investigates space, weight and void through formal and found objects.  Gestural in nature, the show mixes earthy, oxidizing tones with bright splashes of color—presenting the viewer with a unique look at pieces, parts, and process! Object, function know function impacts the gallery space as an installation—looking at the relationships between beauty and form and how those ideas translate into products, sculptures, and installation.

Brad describes his process-driven work:

“I am an artist, inventor, furniture and product designer, but mostly I see myself as a maker. The space is set up in way that takes you through a chronological time line. Here you will see the play of weight, line, and void, rustic versus pristine, chaotic and rhythmic dissonance in no particular order. There are products and ideas that I have been working on for several years—a series of metal joints called the Knuckles which are joints used to construct custom furniture pieces; and the subsequent branding for the Knuckles trademark. From this storyline, while spinning the form in space, I made a dimensional Knuckles sculpture to bring the form to life. The best way to view this exhibition—to see it the way I see it—is to not go all the way into the gallery.”

Brad received a MFA in Sculpture with an emphasis in wood, from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona and a BS in Functional Design from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.  He has been the owner/designer of Board by Design in Carbondale since 2002 and holds the patent for The Knuckles furniture joint.

His work has been featured in numerous publications including Woodworkers Journal, The Artful Home, Boston Globe, Aspen Peak Magazine, Aspen Magazine, Aspen Sojourner, Dwell, Los Angeles Times, and Elle Décor. Brad has taught, managed and developed curriculum and programs focused on furniture design and woodworking at Anderson Ranch Arts Center as well as at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale.

His work has been shown throughout the United States in venues such as International Contemporary Furniture Fair, New York: MAD, Museum of Art and Design, New York; Sardella Gallery, Aspen; Tadu Contemporary Art Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico; and the Carbondale Clay Center among others.  He is represented by Harvey Meadows Gallery in Aspen and The Guild in Madison, Wisconsin.

Brad will talk about his process in a members-only art talk led by journalist Daniel Shaw on Thursday, October 4, at 5:30pm at the Charles J. Wyly Gallery.  Conversation will revolve around Brad’s exhibition, Object, function know function.

Located at 99 Midland Spur in downtown Basalt, the Charles J. Wyly Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 5pm, Saturday, 10am to 4pm, and during the Basalt Sunday Market from 10am-2pm.

This exhibition is part of ARTB2F, 2ND Fridays Artwalk in historic downtown Basalt from 5-7pm. For more information and full schedule visit Contact 970-927-4123 or

This exhibition is free and open to the public. The artist will be present.


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