By Joseph Fons

CHICAGO, September 4, 2015 — For the first time since 2010, sculpture by Emilie Brzezinski will return to Chicago for a solo show at downtown’s Gallery 1112 of the Society for Arts.

“I am always gratified to show my work in Chicago because of my shared central European ties with the city,” Brzezinski said.

“The Society for Arts was instrumental in putting together the European tour of Brzezinski’s Family Trees in Dresden, Gdansk, and Prague in 2012/13. Today, we are happy to welcome the important artist and her award-winning sculptures back to Gallery 1112,” said Christopher Kamyszew, Executive Director of The Society for Arts and curator of the exhibit.

White Oak Verticals, 2003

The exhibit, titled “Old Medium, New Tools”, will feature four installations by Brzezinski who is renowned among leading sculptors in the wood medium.

Brzezinski’s sculptures, often characterized by their monumental size, lack the geometric, mechanical, and linear components that some artists employ today. On the contrary, Brzezinski’s works are raw and natural in form and illustrate the process that is so important to her through her use of chainsaw, ax, and chisel. The works shown in Gallery 1112 will be no different.

“Nature has a grand design, but its manifestations unfold in
imperfection and specificity; respect to this persistent individuality in natural form is the underpinning of my work.” Brzezinski said.

One highlight of the exhibit exemplifies Brzezinski’s favorite natural feature of trees, the contrapposto form. In 2003, White Oak Verticals was the recipient of first prize for sculpture at the Florence, Italy Biennale. Two other works will make their exhibition debut at Gallery 1112: Cherry Breezes, and Water Garden. The last work that will be on view is Brzezinski’s Cherry Bench II, which most recently was shown at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.

Old Medium, New Tools: A Contemporary Wood Sculpture Exhibit by Emilie Brzezinski will run from Sept. 24 – Nov. 1, every day of the week from 12:00-6:00 pm except Mondays.

For more information about the exhibit, please contact the Society for Arts at 773-486- 9612 or For inquiries about Brzezinski, please contact Brzezinski’s publicist, Joseph Fons, at 703-957-8624 or

The exhibition is sponsored in part by Star-tech Glass, Inc. and Jordan’s Food of Distinction.