Bruenchenhein Paintings

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Eugene Von Bruenchenhein

1910–1983

No 796  The Filament of Ages

April 12 – 1959  

Oil on Masonite panel

24 x 24 inches

(

OUR NIGHT OF LIFE

 

   

Our Night of Life

   In dreams we float

To other worlds

And other shores,

To salvage what we may,

To build and beautify

Our night of life.

 

Eugene Von Bruenchehein, “Freelance Artist, Poet and Sculptor, Inovator [sic], Arrow maker and Plant man, Bone artifacts constructor, Photographer and Architect, Philosopher”, never really found contentment in the real world, e x cept in his love for his wife Marie.  His was the world of dreams, ideas, of escaping, traveling to far off undiscovered worlds beyond Earth.  

I journeyed to the edge of Universe

Where stars collide and end in dust

The junk yard of the Universe

Where inky darkness lasts from

millenium to millenium

Far – Far – into the unwanted portion of time. . .

 Born in the year that Halley’s comet passed by our planet, Von Bruenchenhein spent much of his life e x ploring the unseen and une x plained relationships inherent in living things – human, cosmic, and everything in between.  He sought and provided answers to the largest of questions.  “Why is there no wall beyond the fringe of Universe?  Because something always lies beyond a wall, And because no Universe can be contained.”  Our Night of Life celebrates this e x traordinary vision, through which nature is infinitely fluid, continually revealing new aspects of itself.

It is now twenty-four years since Eugene Von Bruenchenhein’s works came into public light, and since that time our e x amination of his work still has not had the time to fully comprehend the many facets of his artistic vision, within the many mediums in which he worked.  The works themselves are journeys into their meanings, but the artist’s writings – less well know than the paintings, sculptures, and photos – add yet another dimension to his world.  Von Bruenchenhein formulated elaborate “Bruenchenesian” theories, postulating on the comple x ity of nature and our ability to know it.  In one selection he suggests that only one of nature’s planes is visible through a scientific lens:

 

                        We consider ourselves so smart and yet after the

                        great length of time man has lived on Earth he has just

                        scratched the surface of knowledge. . . As far as science goes

                        we have only looked in the mirror, not [at] what is concealed

                        behind. . .

 

Von Bruenchenhein spent hours looking at drops of water through a microscope, and was equally concerned with a macrocosmic order, evident in musings and paintings about the worlds beyond ours.  He made e x ceptionally convincing paintings of  “Lines of Force Contained” and “Lines of Force Released”, pictorializing what science could only e x press in numeric formulae.  Now, one only needs to pick up a New York Times daily newspaper in which a recent photograph by the Hubbell Telescope is featured revealing some amazing new cosmic cataclysm or phenomena to convince us that, indeed, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein had already traveled there. 

 In that vein of awe and respect, the Carl Hammer Gallery re-visits the art work by this amazing personality in hopes that we may thus honor him and his unique vision.  Confronted once again with his limitless ability to interpret organic potentiality – in paintings and photographs, and sculptures of clay, bone, and concrete, Von Bruenchenhein’s works remind us that the mirror has another dimension.  And thanks to his remarkably e x pansive mind, we too can marvel as we travel with him in journeys to the edge of the universe.

 

Chinese Influence. 

Date N/A. 

Oil on corrugated cardboard. 

14 x 17

GS 20

Untitled, c. 1954

oil paint on cardboard

17 x 15 inches

GS22

 

Untitled, February1, 1955

oil paint on panel

15 x 17 inches

GS78

Untitled, Feb19, 1955

oil paint on panel

15 x 17 inches

GS85

Sec Transit Gloria Mundi

June14-1955, No. 264

Signed

Oil on panel

17 x 15 inches

GS117

Kings Row

June26, 1955, No. 271

Signed

oil on panel

15 x 17 inches

GS121

Sans Cordova

Sept. 22, 1955.

oil on panel. 1

4 x 17

GS141

Untitled, April10, 1959

oil paint on masonite

24 x 24 inches

GS308

March7-1960, No. 862

Signed

Oil on masonite panel

24 x 21 inches

GS333B

Study of Forms.

Dec27, 1960.

Oil on Masonite panel.

24 x 20

GS351

West Wind Comple x , July25, 1978

Oil onc ardboard

40 x 28 inches

GS478B

Ruby Tome, No. 204, April10, 1955

oil on panel

17 x 15 inches

AP01

 

Untitled Portrait of Marie

B/W silver gelatin print

9 x 7 inches

GSPH1255

Untitled Montage Photo of Marie

B/W silver gelatin print

3. 5 x 2. 5 inches

GSPH2856

Untitled Montage Photo of Marie

B/W silver gelatin print

3. 5 x 2. 5 inches

GSPH5725

Untitled Montage Photo of Marie

B/W silver gelatin print

3. 5 x 2. 5 inches

GSPH5725

Untitled Triptych of Marie

Positive and Negative silver gelatin prints(3)

3. 5 x 3 inches each

GSVB7637

Ceramic Crown

Painted green and red

VBCRF28

Ceramic Crown

Painted gold

VBCRF44

Ceramic Crown

Painted green and red

VBCR29

Leaf vase form wheart motifs

Ceramic and paint

VBCMS207

Assortment of bone and ceramic pieces

Pair of Chickenbone thronec hairs

Chickenbones, paint and glue

VBBF101and87

 

Installation of ceramic sculpture and chicken bone thrones

 

Concrete Mask Construction

Concrete and paint

37 x 20 x 6 inches

Concrete Mask Construction

Concrete and paint

30 x 20 x 6 inches

Series of limited ed. Iris prints made from original Kodacolor slide

10 x 7 inches each(6)

EUGENE VON BRUENCHENHEIN

(1910-1983)

Born  in Marinette, Wisconsin

Worked in Milwaukee

  

SELECTED E x HIBITIONS

            2007                Carl Hammer Gallery

2001

Living in the Backyard of Space, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

1998-99

Self-Taught Artists of the 20th Century, sponsored by Museum of

 

American Folk Art, NY. Traveled to: Philadelphia Museum of Art: March 10-May 17, 1998; High Museum of Art: July 14-September 20, 1998; Amon Carter Museum and The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth: October 31, 1998-January 24, 1999; Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester: February 20-April 18, 1999; We x ner Center for the Arts, The Ohio State University: May 15-August 15, 1999; Museum of American Folk Art: September 19- December 11, 1999

1996

Looking Beyond the Mirror, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein: Paintings, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York, NY

 

Lyons Biennale, Lyons, France

1995

 A World of Their Own, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ

 

Obsession: Photographs by Eugene VonBruenchenhein, Michael Lord Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

1994

E x perience the Fantasy, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

Marie, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York, NY

1993

Eugene VonBruenchenhein, Fotografien, Galerie Susanne Zander, Cologne, Germany

 

Eugene VonBruenchenhein, Photographs, Edward Thorp Gallery, NY

1992

Eugene VonBruenchenhein: Utopic Dreams, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

1991

Dreams, Lies and E x aggerations: Photomontage in America, University of Maryland at College Park. Traveled to John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

1990

Eugene VonBruenchenhein, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

Eugene VonBruenchenhein: Paintings and Photographs, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York

 

Outsiders: Artists Outside the Mainstream, Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, Iowa

 

Visions: E x pressions Beyond the Mainstream from Chicago Collections, The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL

 

Chicago International Art E x position, Chicago, IL

 

Chicago New Art Forms E x position, Chicago, IL

1989

Departures: Photography 1924-1989, Hirschl and Adler Modern, New York, NY

 

Paintings of Utopic Vision, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

1998

Eugene VonBruenchenhein, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

Eugene VonBruenchenhein: Obsessive Visionary, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

 

Chicago International Art E x position, Chicago, IL

 

Chicago New Art Forms E x hibition, Chicago, IL

1987

Material Obsessions, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

Chairs, E x pressways Children's Museum, Chicago, IL

 

Chairs as Art, The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL

 

Chicago International Arts E x position, Chicago, IL

 

Chicago New Art Forms E x position, Chicago, IL

1986

Eugene VonBruenchenhein, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo introduction to e x clusive representation)

1984

VonBruenchenhein: A Retrospective, Landmark Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

 

Eugene VonBruenchenhein: Wisconsin Visionary, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

1983

Remains to be Seen, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

 

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS 

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

First National Bank of Chicago, Chicago, IL

John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan WI

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Brillson, Chicago, IL

Mr. and Mrs. Russel Bowman, Milwaukee, WI

Dan Cameron, NY

Jay Chiat, NY

Diego Cortez, NY

Carroll Dunham and Laurie Simmons, NY

Eric Fischl, NY

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Goldberg, NY

Robert Greenberg, NY

Marc Happel, NY

Jefferson Holt, Athens, GA

Dean Jensen, Milwaukee, WI

Timothy Keny, Columbus, OH

Andrew Masullo, Jr., NY

Frank Maresca, NY

Natasha Nicholson, Madison, WI

Myron B. Shure, Chicago, IL

Michael Stipe, Athens, GA

Phillip, Taafe, NY

Edward Thorpe, NY

John Yau, NY

Claire Zeisler, Chicago, IL 

 

           EUGENE VON BRUENCHENHEIN CERAMIC COLLECTIONS 

 

Sheldon and Jill Bonovitz

Russel Bowman, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

Mitchell Darch, Chicago, IL.

First National Bank, Chicago, IL.

Eric Fischl

Robert Greenberg, New York, NY

Lewis Greenblatt, Chicago, IL

Carl Hammer, Chicago, IL

Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

Myron Shure, Highland Park, IL

Michael Stipe, Athens, GA

 

 

 

 

 

“Eugene Von Bruenchenhein

Freelance Artist

Poet and Sculptor

Inovator (sic)

Arrow maker and Plant man

Bone artifacts constructor

Photographer and Architect

Philosopher

 

*from an incised plaque by the artist

 

 

Chronology

 

 

Born                 1910, Marinette, Wisconsin

 

Died                 1983, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

1930’s             Begins to write poetry and prose.  (Continues writing throughout

                         lifetime.)

                        Pursues interest in horticulture.  Makes small number of still life and

                        Portrait paintings.

 

1939                                Meets Marie K. Kalke.  The two are married in 1943.

 

1940’s             Produces photographs.  Begins to create ceramic objects, continuing through the 1970’s.

 

1944                                Finds employment in large bakery.

 

1954                                Begins “H-Bomb” painting series.  Paintings develop into visionary series (chronologically dated and numbered), continuing into the 1960’s.

 

1959                                Retires from employment at bakery.  Meets Dan Nycz, friend and ardent supporter.

 

1960                                Concrete Mask-Monuments

Ceramic Crowns

Bone Chairs

Late 1960’s: stops painting

 

1970                                Bone Towers

Late 1970’s: Resumes painting with “Rejection” or “Repulse Phase.”

Begins “Comple x ” painting series of visionary architecture.

 

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