Monday, December 21, 2009
Its official. Its the winter solstice today and a new year has begun. Closing out 2009, my friend Lalo Cota and I painted this mural downtown in the Roosevelt arts district. Lalo and I have collaborated on many canvas pieces but this is the first of many wall projects that him and I have done. This piece is located behind Modified Art, theLost Leaf and Hoodride off of Roosevelt between 4th and 5th St.
Im gearing up for a 3 day in studio session at the Heard Museum next week.
Should be interesting. I grew up seeing my grandmother and uncle working alot with the Heard. Im suprised they asked me to be apart of next weeks open studio event.
If you know me and my work, then you know my work obviously doesnt fit the "traditional" standards by any stretch. Many thanks to Darian and Jen at the Heard.
Ive been turned down by many "NATIVE" art events as well as tribal and corporate politics on the rez. In the end I dont care what "those" people sitting behind a desk think. The best compliment I got this year was from an elder in SR who has known me for a long time but not my artwork. He saw me painting this 4'x8' wildstyle line piece and then said..."Looks like baskets".
Now that...is what really matters. The people....Hemdak Hekihu Hemu Im B I-ha'ap Hemako O'odham
Monday, December 7, 2009
December. The last month of the year in the Gregorian calendar and also the last month of the year in universal calendar. Winter solstice is a couple weeks away. People are getting ready for Xmas, beating their brains out over the holidays. This recent piece is called "no hybernation". Obviously the winter season is creeping in and in some areas is full blown. The addicted souls who paint and cant stop...this is for them(for us). Cant stop, wont stop. No sleep.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
New limited edition print available. This is a premade poster that I incoporated line work into. Thanks to a friend for providing the poster and idea.
The print is approx 12"x18" printed on canvas paper. There are 24 available signed and numbered on front and back.
Shipping is also available.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
A preview of the new limited edition tree series. I wanted to wait until I got a proper photoshoot done to promote, but word travels fast and so do the inquiries.
LIMITED NUMBER OF SHIRTS
SHIRT INFO: Black on White T. sizes M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL
Light Purple(yes its purple) on Black T. Sizes, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL
Light Purple on Charcoal T. Limited sizes XL and XXL only.
"BREZ" tag on the backs of the White T's only.
A quick peek and BeOne Photography featuring Bboy Closer Mellow Drama Crew up above. The middle piece was a commission for a local condo development company in Tempe Az. Finally the bottom piece is on the side of Phoenician Health Group in Phoenix. Thanks Dr. Majidi.
Its Nov. Im making it a point to use this blogspot alot more. There are alot of new things in the works for the upcoming months. The flier above is from a show that I had recently on Roosevelt row. It was a collaborative event also featuring Cloudface from New Mexico as well as Closer and PhxEye. The top piece is from a larger production that I worked on with fellow artists Page, Serk, Stoec, Aphen, Bisc, Ekose, and Kepto. Its been a rollercoaster ride these past couple months.
Love and respect to my friend Michael "Base" Carter who was tragically taken from us recently. You are forever painted on the walls of our heart and soul. I miss you Mike, you motivated me then and you motivate me NOW.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Its been a long, warm summer as usual. I havent had much time to update in the last couple months so here it goes. It was usual business for the month of June. July started with a really dope trip up to Gallup, New Mexico and Window Rock, Az. I participated in the "I AM ART" project along side with other creative peoples who were there to make a difference in young peoples lives. I cant truly explain the feeling or how great the energy was the entire trip. I got to share knowledge about art with young kids, help paint a community mural, have an art show in Gallup...and even got to paint with longtime friend Page who happend to be in NM at the same time. Many thanks to FOF crew, Cloudface, R.Boogie, DEF-RARE(Wake n Def-I), Dj YoungNative, Kim Smith, Kelly Hubbell, Abnr, Roel, Duga, Bboy Hobbess, Marcus Lovato and many others.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Here it is, the finished product. This film represents the balance of past, present and future. It shows the contrast of ancestors and traditional culture, to the contemporary survival in a modern society and the freedom of self expression...Something that is as old as time.
Indigenous people of all cultures have expressed themselves since the start of human consciousness...through creating with their hands...painting, building, writing, dancing, making music and so on. The purest and most true form of "being", existing, living and loving life by celebrating and expressing through creativity. Being true to ourselves, our past.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
This past month spring has arrived. With the new season, alot of new projects.
I recently linked up with Lady Rise and her son Elezar, and my sister for a day of painting and Filming for the upcoming short promo vid in downtown PHX. It was a good day for networking and sharing ideas. Friend and Photographer Sam Gomez stopped in to shoot, along with my old friend Mando Rascon who randomly stopped by, always to good to see him. Even fellow artist and friend The Mac dropped in and we all shared ideas and frustrations. Its always good to be reminded that we arent alone, and that we are pushing fwd at the same time. Determination.
This coming week is Phoenix's First Friday artwalk, and I will be displaying new works alongside Tato at the new UM Gallery on 5th St just south of Roosevelt. Last months grand opening feat DumperFoo and Chadwick was INSANE. Im sure we can expect the same good vibes and amount of people that 1st Friday always brings.
Culture Fresh Boutique will soon be caring the 1st Brez Tshirt designs feat. a classic Brez Tree design for Men and Ladies T's, a wildstyle Heart Design for Ladies T's, and a new Phoenix Bird Design which will be apart of the Phoenician Brand also for Men and Ladies. Once they are released, I know they are going to go fast. No worries tho, we (Myself and Culture Fresh) will be printing more as well as NEW Designs to follow for the upcoming Az Summer.
More body art and photography w Sam Gomez and Models. Oddly enough...we've had at least a 7 or 8 models who are or were scheduled to work on the project...but for whatever reason...only Bonnie Yuen, Orchid Tao, and Mongkieu have come thru on time and on point, and they all just happen to be Asian. haha Oh well.
Be on the look out for more photoshoots and an gallery opening at the end of the year feat all the photography and artwork
Thursday, February 19, 2009
2009 Is in full swing, and so far these last two months have been extremely busy. Jan 2nd I shared an opening with fellow artist and friend Lalo Cota @ Grandiose Boutique in Downtown Phoenix. Also for those who dont know, Myself, Lalo, and many other locals have been working with Culture Fresh Boutique which opened last Oct at the AZ Center, also located Downtown Phx.
Sam Gomez, who is a photographer and co-owner of Culture Fresh, has been working with myself and a couple models, executing a few photoshoots involving my art drawn on the models. So far they have been successful and we plan to keep moving forward with several new ideas and projects.
Ive also had the chance to participate in a video shoot in which my own sister who is a film student, has been sweet enough to film and edit some footage of me painting a wall and a van. The final product will be a short timelapsed film of each piece coming to life.
As if that hasnt been enough for the first couple months of 2009, Ive also had the chance recently to paint live at a couple private parties during the NBA allstar game, one hosted by Too Short and the other by Ice T.
If your in the Phoenix area and would like to see work, please check out Culture Fresh Boutique, or The Lost Leaf located in the Roosevelt Arts District(5th St n Roosevelt), or starting next Friday at the Tempe Pita Jungle. You can also email me or check back for more updates.
ABOUT: BORN AND RAISED IN AND AROUND THE CITY OF PHOENIX, BREZ BEGAN DOING ART AS A CHILD. IN 1993, HE FIRST CAME ACROSS GRAFFITI ART. SOON AFTER, BREZ BEGAN EXPERIMENTING AND FORMULATING WITH IDEAS AND TRADITIONAL LETTER STRUCTURES. SOON AFTER THE NEW DECADE, BREZ BEGAN TO EVOLVE THE LETTER STYLES THAT HE WAS WORKING WITH INTO A CONTINUOUS FLOW OF ORGANIC DESIGNS.
TAKING INSPIRATION FROM HIS OWN INDIGENOUS ANCESTORS, HE BEGAN TO CONNECT THE FORMULAS FROM TRADITIONAL HUHUGAM(HOHOKAM) POTTERY, AND INTRICATE AKIMEL AND TOHONO O'ODHAM BASKET DESIGNS INTO HIS OWN THOUGHT PROCESS AND IDEAS FOR CREATING.
TODAY BREZ'S WORK IS STILL EVOLVING, LIKE TREE ROOTS WINDING AND GROWING DEEP WITHIN THE EARTH'S SOIL.
THIS BLOG WILL BE UPDATED ON A REGULAR BASIS, WITH NEW PHOTOS AND INFORMATION ABOUT UPCOMING SHOWS, NEW WORK AND MANY OTHER PROJECTS.