Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Spring Ahead

3 NEW WORKS: All cut paper, collage and mixed media on gesso board, 8 x 8 inches. Bluebird, Yellow Warbler & Tufted Titmouse.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Things I'll Never Say

NEW BOOK COVER ART: Created for "Things I'll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves" - An anthology of stories from various writers and contributors. Many thanks to Candlewick Press for the commission. The book will be published and available March 24, 2015.

Acclaimed author Ann Angel brings together fifteen writers for young adults who have unique perspectives on secrets – do they make you stronger or weaker, do they alter your world when revealed? Maybe they compartmentalize your life into what you're willing to share and what you aren’t. 

I used my daughter as the visual reference and model for this cover art. Cut paper, collage and mixed media.

SEE THIS ORIGINAL work at my upcoming EXHIBITION "Paper Cuts" 

Learn more here

NOTE: All images copyright 2014 Wayne Brezinka

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

PAPER CUTS Art Exhibition

PAPER CUTS: Discarded Illusions and Found Realities

An Art Exhibition by
Curated by David Braud 

JOIN US for the Opening Reception

Friday, October 3,  6 – 9 pm
An Evening of Art, Music, Local Brew,
Wine and Hors D’oeuvres

O’More College of Design
423 S Margin St, Franklin, TN  37064    

Tel +1-615-794-4254

SPECIAL GUESTS: Laura Sobiech: Sharing her story at 7:00 p.m. on her son Zach Sobiech’s battle with cancer. See the portrait of Zach commissioned by the Sobiech family using his clothing, fan letters and personal items on view as part of this exhibition. Watch “My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech” on youtube with over 12 million views. Arrive early to reserve your seat! 

Recording artists Merging Blue and Arthur Alligood will provide the entertainment and perform throughout the evening.

A limited number of gallery prints, note card sets and merchandise will be available for purchase throughout the evening 

IMAGE DETAIL: Edel Demetrio Gonzalez, 2014, cut paper, collage & mixed media on wood panel, 20 x 16 inches

(Born 1968, Minneapolis, Minnesota) Brezinka is on the rise and quickly gaining national acclaim and recognition. The Los Angeles Times Wesley Bausmith calls his work “Sophisticated.” The Boston Globe’s Heather Hopp-Bruce says it’s “Beautifully Crafted.” As an illustrator and contributing artist, he has been commissioned by the New York Times, Neiman Marcus, The Johnny Cash family, The Washington Post and Deloitte University Press among others. His LINCOLN portrait is currently on loan at the historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. through May 6, 2015 and will soon be added to The Smithsonian Institution Catalog of American Portraits Documentation and Research Center.

Through a unique combination of vintage and found ephemera, cut paper, collage and mixed mediums, Brezinka creates and sculpts these items into unique images and works art.

O’More College of Design proudly presents Paper Cuts: Discarded Illusions and Found Realities, a solo exhibition by Nashville-based artist Wayne Brezinka. This exhibition premieres Brezinka’s most recent body of work, a cohesive group of cut paper, collage, mixed media and installation works created over the last year and a half. Seen as a whole, the work reveals the importance of our humanity, laying bare the discarded illusions and found realities that we all encounter on our own journeys.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Inside Counsel Magazine / Editorial

For the July issue of Inside Counsel Magazine, AD Mixie Von Bormann. "Vector Vigilance" - Ominous is a good way to describe this . . . the piece revolves around cyber security, the various risks, actors and dangers associated with it and how legal teams can defend themselves from it. Cut paper, collage & mixed media on panel, 9 x 12 inches. Images on this site are copyright - Wayne Brezinka 2014.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Brezinka for Beginners 6

Photos from this past weekends Brezinka for Beginners 6, art workshop June 21 and 22, 2014. Students were lead through a process of materials, application, experimentation, chance and control. They learned all sorts of possibilities in the process of collage art making. Visit www.brezinkadesign.com to follow via twitter, facebook and blog for upcoming, future workshops and news.

Monday, June 16, 2014

New work for PENTAGRAM

A portrait illustration of Edel Demetrio Gonzalez for the Post-Conviction Justice Project featured in the summer issue of USC's alumi publication, Trojan Family Magazine. Many thanks to Associate Partner at PENTAGRAM, Julie Savasky for this assignment. PENTAGRAM is the world's largest independent design consultancy with offices in London, New York, San Francisco, Austin, and Berlin.

The Justice Project centers around inmates with seemingly lost cause cases . . . men serving life sentences without the possibility of parole for offenses they committed when they were teenagers. 

The idea for this portrait image of Edel Demetrio Gonzalez was to show the younger 18 year old Edel alongside the current 39 year old Edel . . . visually documenting his face and the years he has spent in prison. When Gonzalez was sentenced on April 26, 1993, he became the youngest person in Orange County history to receive life without youngest person in Orange County history to receive life without parole. It was the same month he turned 18. . . . Although he didn’t pull the trigger and claimed he didn’t even know his cohort was carrying the gun, Gonzalez got the same sentence as did the 19-year-old shooter – life without parole. Under felony murder rules, the courts held him equally culpable because the killing occurred during the commission of a qualifying felony. Gonzalez, who turns 39 next month, (DOB April 9, 1975) has been the prototype of a model prisoner. 

Learn more about The Post Conviction Justice Project HERE

Learn more about PENTAGRAM HERE

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Editorial Illustration

The United States Economic Forecast
 for Deloitte University Press. 9" x 12", cut paper, collage, acrylic and mixed media on board. 
NOTE: All images, copyright Wayne Brezinka 2014 and may not be used without permission.

Read my recent INTERVIEW with New York based CURATOR Magazine regarding my lifelong practice of piecing objects and stories together through art and illustration. Feel free to "like" "share" and "tweet" it. You will see the icons and share buttons embedded in the article. Thank you, for your support.

Learn about my LINCOLN portrait HERE on loan at the historic Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. through May of 2015.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

“Prayed Upon Prey”

“Prayed Upon Prey”

3-d collage & mixed media installation, 48” x 60” x 36" deep 

Final photo credit: Antony Boshier / Boshier Photography

All images copyright Wayne Brezinka 2014

“There are ghosts asleep inside every one of us: arcane issues never addressed, ancient griefs never laid to rest, suspicions, self doubts, banished longings, secret meanings. Something may call one of these ghosts by name. It will then arise from its slumber and begin speaking. This will take the form of a sudden insight, a connection never before acknowledged, a feeling that ignites an inner chain reaction, a joyful click as things finally fall into place. You are hearing the vote of a part of yourself long ago disenfranchised. When this happens, listen in rapture to the irrepressible “Yea.” 

"It may take years and just the right circumstances or person to grant us the liberating opening to know and to tell our story in words. When this happens, the memories come back and we hear ourselves putting them into words for the first time. This profound release initiates us into the heavy and healing ways of grief work."

David Richo, How To Be An Adult

Based on my childhood nightmare of being chased through a forest by men in wolf masks, this art strongly represents the narrative of my personal story. My goal was to chronicle and capture a sense of loss and emotional dimension showing humanity in one of it's fullest, darkest forms. Notice the stripes on the boys sleeve and pant leg disintegrating and coming undone, the hounds and wolves all have red like stripes around their snouts, almost absorbing or perhaps devouring the boy. I felt strongly about these symbols, I can't explain why . . . they just felt right in the process of creating. I struggled deeply while creating this image, pushing through my fear of what people may think, how they / you might engage, react, interact or dismiss the work.

I believe it is important to honor those dark places in our lives, to honor the shadows and bring them to light. We all have shadows, every one of us. Why is it easier to trust the shadow instead of the light? 

Fear - I’m reminded of what our dear friend Stephanie Link shared with me on a plane to Colorado many years ago - she asked me “Wayne, how would you live without fear?” “How would your life play out differently?”

“We mark with light in the memory the few interviews we have had with souls that made our souls wiser, that spoke what we thought, that told us what we knew, that gave us leave to be what we inly are,” says Ralph Waldo Emerson.

"God will redeem the me that wants to hide" says my friend Joe Earnest

This image will be the cover of the very first Collective Dream Arts Magazine. Many thanks to Kayla Bowen for her invitation, patience and grace throughout this process. It is with deep gratitude that I thank my wife Staci for her love and understanding during this process and to my friend Dane Anthony (whom gave me the title "Prayed Upon Prey") and to my friend Scott Owings for giving me the gift of silence and a place of refuge in friendship. Learn more about the Collective and support what kayla is doing by visiting this link.

Neither these materials nor any portion thereof may be used without permission. 
All images copyright Wayne Brezinka 2014.