Brad Perkins believes that if eyes are the windows to the soul, then broken windows are the eyes to the past. His work takes on invisibility, abandonment and neglect by looking at buildings and places and asking, “what’s in there?” and “what happened here?” His background in journalism and history helps him imagine the stories of people, places and things that have been forgotten, ignored or just hidden in plain sight. He finds beauty in abandonment and solace in lost buildings.
2019: New York Center for Photographic Arts’ Trees and Arches, Jadite Gallery, New York City (Juror’s Selection)
2019: Vicinity, Perspective Gallery, Evanston, Ill.
2017: There’s A Crack in Everything, Perkolator Gallery, Chicago
2017: National Juried Photography Exhibition, Morpho Gallery, Chicago
2017: Art for Life, Venue One, Chicago
2017: Random Acts of Gallery’s All About Beer, Empirical Gallery, Chicago
2016: Focus: Light and Shadow, Black Box Gallery, Portland, Ore.
2016: Emerging Artists, Morpho Gallery, Chicago
2015: Lincoln Square Art Walk, Best of Art Walk and Decorium Gallery, Chicago
2014: Blue, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, Vt.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Juror’s Selection, New York Center for Photographic Arts’ Trees and Arches, Jadite Gallery, September 2019
Finalist, “Reflective” and “Laughing Window,” Reflections Contest, Motif Collective, March 2017
Finalist, “Going Nowhere,” Transportation Contest, Motif Collective, April 2016
Honorable Mention, “What’s Outside,” Doorways and Passages Contest, Terrabella Media, December 2015
Finalist, “Into the Shadows,” Lines Contest, Motif Collective, September 2015
Finalist, “Heaven and Hell,” Reflections Contest, Motif Collective, July 2015
MEDIA AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Urban Renewal Gallery, Joliet Prison, Chicago, 2019
Ain’t-Bad Magazine, “What We’ve Found--Color”, April 2017
Lenscratch, Masks Exhibition, October 2016
Huffington Post, “18 Places in Chicago to Go When You Need to Recharge & Feel Inspired”, November 2013
Huffington Post, “13 Inspiring Photos of Chicago”, May 2014