Dylan Strzynski is a Michigan artist whose mixed media work combines drawing, painting and influence from his background in printmaking. He is inspired by the woody marine landscape of the north where he grew up and the area surrounding his home in rural western Washtenaw County. Focusing on landscape and vernacular architecture, his work addresses concerns about the environment and poverty by telling stories characterized by mystery and subtle humor.
Producing artwork, image making in particular is a continuum. Ideas reoccur; images repeat, transform, take on new meaning and develop in unexpected ways. Sometimes older ideas wait for the next discovery that points to a new project.
I tend to see myself as more a drawer than a painter and therefore, even when working in tightly rendered modes, as a sort of cartoon expressionist. Matching media and content is important. Energy is the ultimate concern and I try to work in ways that encourage spontaneity and deliberate mark making. Many of my pieces take on the raw appearance of the outsider. Yet my themes are not entirely clear. My pieces are filled with self-referential meta-subjects whose meaning lies somewhere near the edge of direct understanding. This complexity places my work squarely in the realm of highbrow, so called “fine art.” Yet surface and material suggest a visionary spirit. As a result I have come to occupy an odd space that is neither entirely reserved for academics nor primitives.
Ultimately I am a postindustrial cave painter gathering the tribe together in the warm stinking glow of the scrap lumber fire to recount the exploits of the pre apocalyptic man.
Human progress is over rated
Born in Flint Michigan. Formative years were spent in Northern Michigan. Education Bachelor of Fine Arts University of Michigan, 2001 Associates of Arts Northwestern Michigan College, 1998 Exhibitions
The Moon Was A Stone's Throw, solo installation, Aquarium Gallery, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor MI. 2019 Heat Wave, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor MI. 2018 Solo Pop Up Show, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor MI. 2018 Additive/Subtractive Works by Helen Gotlib & Dylan Strzynski, Ann Arbor District Library, Ann Arbor MI. 2018 Niceland, Tiny Buddha Space, Ann Arbor MI. 2017 Refractive, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor MI. 2015 Allegorical Space, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor MI. 2015 No Plan B, Chelsea River Gallery, Chelsea MI. 2013 10 Under 40, Chelsea River Gallery, Chelsea MI. 2012 Apocalypse Poacalypse, CAID, Detroit MI. 2012 Art Prize, Grand Rapids MI. 2011 Artifacts, The Gallery Project, Ann Arbor MI. 2011 A Show Of Sculpture And Installation by Kendall Babl and Dylan Strzynski, Galerei Pot & Box, Ann Arbor MI. 2010 Winter Doldrums Part 4, Forth from It's Hinges Warehouse, Ann Arbor MI. 2010 Winter Doldrums Part 3, Elevated Works, Ann Arbor MI. 2010 Water StreetGallery, South bend Museum Of Art, South bend IN. 2008-2009 Off The Beaten Road, Columbia College A&D Gallery, Chicago IL. 2008 Bu Con Presents: Earth World, Detroit MI. 2007 Place, Chicago City Arts Gallery, Chicago IL. 2007 Between The Lines, Water Street gallery, Saugatuck MI. 2007 Group Show, 212 Miller, Ann Arbor MI. 2007 Insideout Gallery, Traverse City MI. 2005 Gallery 109, Saugatuck MI. 2005 The Print, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI. 2003 Group Show, 555, Ypsilanti MI. 2003 Group Show, 555, Ann Arbor MI. 2002 University of Michigan School of Art and Design, Sixteenth Annual Art and Design Student Awards Exhibition, 2001 University of Michigan School of Art and Design, BFA Show, 2001
Regular award winner at street fairs around the country 2003 - present. Freelance commercial projects ranging from illustration to murals. Orthopedic Network News, Ann Arbor MI., regular contributor of medical related illustration 2004-2007.