Tad Greenwald was born in Dallas, Texas in 1999. He received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Spring 2021. His first solo exhibition Marathon, Texas was held in the MICA Student Space Gallery Virtual Exhibition Space. Greenwald has also exhibited in numerous group exhibitions including Ephemera(lity) at the Ro2 Art Gallery in Dallas, TX and Art.Write.Now.2018 National Exhibition at the Parsons School of Design in New York, New York.
Through sensitive renderings of the American West and the solitary vehicles that define its landscape, I seek to capture the moment when quotidian becomes sublime. With fierce objectivity, I create portraits of decrepit classic cars and trucks, interested in the myriad of texture and detail found in these small-town scenes. Devoid of any human presence, the intricate works walk a line between intimacy and distance, appearing at once private and abandoned, warm and isolated. In my on-site adventures photographing the material, I am continually transfixed by the saturated colors and vast, foreboding skies of West Texas — a landscape that is energized by an evocative, mythic power. I believe that these cars — monolithic land-yachts rusting across the countryside — are what’s left of this American cowboy mystique. They're solitary figures in driveways, garages, at the edge of fields, somehow transmitting a personality and a history. For me, they conjure the romance and nostalgia associated with roaming the salvage yards around my hometown. The dramatic physicality of these vehicles and the light and heat of the atmosphere are memories that remain vivid in my imagination.