Brad Menninga

Brad Menninga (Saint Paul, MN) explores continuity and disruptions between past and present through his work through referencing and reimagining neoclassical forms of the Enlightenment era while employing techniques of various periods in ceramic history. Drawing connections from the idealism of the 18th century to contemporary attacks on democracy and society, Menninga utilizes visual narrative to interrogate foundational myths of family, community, and nation by highlighting cracks and omissions. With functional and installation work as the vehicle, his work prompts the viewer to examine the past and reevaluate the constantly shifting contingencies of todays’ society.