Emilie Brzezinski: Natural Fact

Emillie Brzezinksi: Natural Fact

August 29 – October 7, 2016

Fine Art Gallery, George Mason University

Reception: Thursday, September 1, 2016 7:00-9:00p

For Immediate Release

Contact: Donald Russell, University Curator: drusse10@gmu.edu , 2022136272


Fine Arts Gallery, Art & Design Building (Building 4 on GMU Map )

George Mason University

4400 University Drive Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: (703) 9938950

Web: soa.gmu.edu/fineartsgallery

Gallery Hours: Monday Saturday, 10 p.m. 5 p.m.

Paid parking: Shenandoah Parking Garage (Building 43 on GMU Map )

About the Exhibition:

George Mason University School of Art is proud to host Emilie Br z ezinski: NATURAL FACT, a survey of the Virginia sculptor’s 40 year career. Brzezinski is best known for towering arrangements of twisting chainsaw carved tree trunks which exploit the modernist maxim “truth to materials” to surprising expressive effect. This exhibition brings together examples of her signature tableaux alongside works from earlier periods in materials such as latex and resin.

“Much of the material that has gone into the creation of this show originated in Virginia and so it’s a pleasure for me to display the work here, especially at an up and coming university that places value in the arts.” Brzezinski said. One sure fea ture of the show will be High Point, a monumental 15foot oak that greets visitors just outside the gallery’s already seemingly large barn sliding doors. Another highlight will be Children’s Arch, a nearly 12foot tall gateway sculpted from three trunks of gum wood; Brzezinski created the arch in 1991, yet this is its first public exhibition.

All events free and open to the public.

About Emilie Brzezinski:

Born in 1932 in Geneva, Switzerland, Emilie Benes Brzezinski immigrated to the United States and grew up in California. She graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Art History in 1953. Brzezinski began her art career in the 1970s working with a variety of media, including resins, latex, and wood fiber. Her expressive themes always related to nature. Eventually, she shifted focus to creating monumental wood sculpture, using a chainsaw and ax to carve towering forms that breathed new life into felled trunks.

During the last two decades, Brzezinski has had several gallery and museum installations both in the United States and overseas. Many of her works are in the Czech Republic, the country of her family’s origin. There, Prague Titans gazes upon the Vltav a River, and a more restrained installation, Broken Blocks can be seen in the National Galler y in Prague. In the United States, her bronze Arch in Flight stands just two blocks from the White House in front of the Federal Reserve building on New York Avenue, and her most monumental work to date, Lament, greets visitors in the front circle of the Kreeger Museum. Outside the nation’s capital, Brzezinski sculptures can be found in Chicago at The Society for Arts as well as in New Jersey at the respected Grounds for Sculpture park.

Brzezinski continues to work in her Northern Virginia studio that she built in the 1980s.

About the Fine Arts Gallery at George Mason University

The Fine Arts Gallery at George Mason University is committed to the presentation of innovative new art and creating a forum for active dialogue, research, and engagement with contemporary visual ideas and artistic practices. Located in the School of Art (SOA) on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University, the Fine Arts Gallery offers a diverse program of exhibitions by emerging and established contemporary artists, thesis exhibits by current MFA candidates, and a semiannual SOA undergraduate senior exhibition.