Artist Profile: Kevin Burzynski
Sifting through stacks of vintage magazines and books serves a very particular purpose for Brooklyn-based artist Kevin Burzynski. Typically armed with a blade, scissors, and glue, Kevin seeks to repurpose imagery through cut & paste collages that examine loaded themes such as youth, innocence, hopelessness, control, technology, romance, luxury, and nostalgia. His countless wooden crates of ‘50s and ‘60s era National Geographic and Life Magazines have been searched and flipped through over and over again, to the point that many are just the loose and flimsy skeletons of everyday magazines. Character-based, Kevin’s collages are deliciously candy-colored – based on turquoise, bubblegum pink, yellow, and green backgrounds – often evoking juxtapositions of childlike innocence and joy with darker themes, such as mental-illness and loss of control. His photographs are of a similar genre, typically centering on a sole female, appearing to be lost in her own world far away from reality, existing in a secondary plane of dreamlike luxury. Kevin’s pieces, although heavily influenced by mid-20th century classically American life, are timeless and capture the essence of what it means to be human.
Introduction by Chloe Texier-Rose