OH, Captain!

27 03 2014

At Breakneck Gallery we love Captain America. We Love Cleveland. We love that the last Captain America movie was filmed in Cleveland. Above all these things we love art. It was only natural for us to come to the conclusion of hosting a Captain America themed art show. OH, Captain! opens Saturday April 5th(conveniently Winter Soldier’s opening weekend) featuring works from over 20 local artists including: CHOD, Bob Peck, Eric Kaplan, Sean Burns, R!ch, Jim Giar, Jon Allen, Gary and Laura Dumm, and so many more. In addition to all the works inside, The Rustbelt Monster Collective will be doing a live mural painting outside the gallery that will be added to the collection upon completion. The action doesn’t stop there. Carol and John’s Comic Book Shop is sponsoring a raffle of awesome Captain America related Prizes! As if that wasn’t enough, because it is one of his favorites and a story he would like to share with Cleveland, John (of CnJ’s) has also decided to hand out a free hardcover copy of “Captain America- The New Deal” to the first 100 people to show up to the opening!

There will be an opening reception Saturday April 5th from 6pm-10pm with food, drinks (also sponsored by CnJ’s),fun, photo ops, and as always ART! Show runs till April 26th.

There will be a 21+ after party held at the Spitfire Saloon 1539 W.117th St. With live music from Suicide Ghouls / Dead Federation / The Drexels

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22 03 2014

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6 03 2014

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Opening reception Saturday March 15th from 6pm-10pm with food, drinks,fun, and as always ART!

FEATURING: cards from Angela Oster, CHOD, Jeff Hulligan, Sean Burns, and 30+ other artists!

ALSO FEATURING: a performance art act called “Tell Me Your Problems” by Ant Petti

Show runs from March 15th through March 29th

There will be a 21+ after party held at the Spitfire Saloon 1539 W.117th St.

The Artist Trading Card (ATC) movement developed out of the mail art movement with its origins traced to Swiss artist M. Vanci Stirnemann in 1996.The tiny art trend has been growing ever since. Using paint, pencil, ink, collage, metal, or other media, artists create miniature works of art about the same size as modern trading cards (2.5 by 3.5 inches).

We at Breakneck gallery again asked as many local artists as we could to make as many small pieces of art as they could, so we could build a second collection (Last year there were more than 300 pieces!). While usually these cards are swapped or traded among artists, we feel that these Art Card Editions and Originals (ACEOs) are great way for people to collect multiple, affordable original pieces from their favorite local artists, literally putting art in the palm of their hands. On March 15th, first time collectors to long time art connoisseurs will surely walk away with something to show.

Bibliophilia: A Show for Art and Book Lovers Alike Saturday February 15th

7 02 2014

Despite what it looks like, a bibliophile is not someone who does dirty things with the pages of his/her favorite novel.  No; these are people who love the smell, touch, sound and look of an old-fashioned novel. We at Breakneck decided to take our own Bibliophilia and combine it with our main squeeze, art, and see what happens.  All the artwork featured in this showcase has been made on or out of books by some of our favorite local artists. Come join us for the opening reception and fall in love the written word in a whole new way Saturday February 15th from 6pm-10pm. Show runs through March 8th.

As always food and drinks(of the alcoholic and non alcoholic persuasion) will be served at the event.
There will be a 21+ after party held at the Spitfire Saloon 1539 W.117th St. (check them out at http://www.punkrockbar.com)Book Flyer

Doomfellaz Launch Party/Holiday Pop-up Shop at Breakneck!

16 12 2013


Local Designer Toy and Fashion Brand Host Launch Party / Holiday Pop-up Store In Lakewood Gallery

Local Cleveland artists Ben Howard, Rick Sans, and Sergio Andujar II have developed a new brand to produce designer toys and clothing. They spent the majority of the last few years creating various art and customizing designer toys, so they decided to collaborate to create something bigger together. All three have spent time in Japan, so Asian themes and pop art play a significant part in their influences. Other influences derive from local culture, cartoons, comic books, street art, video games and pop culture.

The launch party is not just a celebration of the release of their first figure, but also a showcase of the trio’s various art available for sale.  The pop-up store will feature over 1000 pieces of work made by the trio that will be available for purchase, just in time for the holidays. The products will range from t-shirts, canvas art, designer toys, art on vinyl records, screen prints and art on upcycled found objects. The price range for their art is typically $10-$50, with some larger pieces being an exception can go upwards of $400. “We try to keep our art affordable. Not everyone has a budget that has room for purchasing art or collecting designer toys, and we want to give folks a chance to get something cool for themselves or great gift for someone else” says Sans.  Music will be provided by live DJ sets from Cleveland’s own EDM (Electronic Dance Music) label 4NPLCY. Giveaways and raffles are also planned for the event.

The first figure they are producing called “Warilla” is a hybrid of a gorilla and a werewolf. It was designed to be a blank DIY figure, with smooth features to serve as a platform figure for other artists to customize their own designs.

For further information about Doomfellaz, their work, or the artists please visit their website atwww.doomfellaz.com or email soceana@gmail.com

Launch Party is Friday December 20th 6pm-10pm, Pop-up Shop runs through the 21st.

3rd Annual Fifty Dolla Holla-day Show!

12 12 2013

3rd 50dollarFLyer Opening & Artist Reception: December 14th 6pm-10pm
Weird & Wonderful Holiday Wonderland: Dec.13th 6-10pm, Dec. 14th 10am-5pm

Tired of buying the same last minute boring gift cards for the holidays for your friends and family? Hate wrestling your way through crowds and malls only to end up frustrated and empty handed? Want to stick it to the man by not shopping corporate this year, but the idea of buying local art seems too expensive and out of reach? Think again! Stop in to Breakneck Gallery for the “3rd Annual Fifty Dolla Holla-Day Show” Saturday December 14th from 6-10 pm.
There will be tons of great art by top and emerging local artists and all for $50!  Need even more of an incentive? We will be offering free gift wrap on all purchases. Still want more?  We will be raffling off a super sweet prize package . Every item you purchase at Breakneck till Saturday night at 10pm will earn you one entry to win. (Wall art purchases will get you 2 entries.)
As if that wasn’t good enough, we are also hosting “A Weird and Wonderful Holiday Wonderland” on Friday December 13th from 6pm-10pm and Saturday the 14th from 10am-5pm. It’s Breakneck’s very own one stop pop-up shop for all of your gift giving needsIncluding Jewelry, knitwear, toys, glass goods, baked goods, art, and more! Between the vendors and boutique, you are bound to find something unique for everyone on your list(and it is a great opportunity for a sneak peek at the $50 show!)!!

Food and drinks(of the alcoholic and non alcoholic persuasion) will be served at all events.
Holiday Shopping doesn’t get any better or easier than this, so come out and support all your local artists and crafters this holiday season!!

There will be a 21+ after party held the 14th at the Spitfire Saloon 1539 W.117th St. with Live music and a visit from the Krampus of Cleveland.
Added bonus: Anyone who spends $50 or more at Breakneck gets 50% off their drinks at the after party at the Spitfire! (check them out at http://www.punkrockbar.com!)

Small Business Saturday Sale!!

30 11 2013

Small Business Saturday Sale!!

Celebrate Small Business Saturday with us at Breakneck today till 8pm! Free Coffee and Donuts for all customers! All Breakneck prints are on sale for $10 (normally $15) or 3 of them for $25!! Support local art and business!!!

This is the Way the World Ends – - CHOD Solo Exhibition

3 11 2013

This is the Way the World Ends

(CHOD Solo Exhibition)

The End is Nigh. On November 9th get a peek at the end of days depicted by Lakewood artist CHOD. “This is the Way the World Ends” is the first solo exhibit from the artist in three years. It will run from November 9th through December 6th at Breakneck Gallery, 17020 Madison Ave, Lakewood Oh, 44107 (breakneckgallery.com). The show covers everything from Day Zero to Judgment Day. Dead celebrities, The Four Horsemen and the protagonist ‘Kitty Death’ help lead you through the rise and fall of man. Everything must come to an end. The opening reception will be on November 9th 2013 from 6 PM to 10 PM (Or until the place is overrun with locusts, whichever comes first.)

Also come to check out the mural outside of Breakneck Gallery that CHOD created earlier in the summer.

For information about the Breakneck Gallery please contact Sean or Kristen Burns at Sean@breakneckgallery.com or Kristen@breakneckgallery.com.

For information about “This is the Way the World Ends” contact CHOD at chodfacedkilla@gmail.com or 216-246-5382.

For information about CHOD check out his website chodartist.com.

An after party will take place at Spitfire Saloon, 1539 W 117th St, Cleveland, OH 44107 (punkrockbar.com) following the reception.

The Rock Show!

2 10 2013

Artists and musicians should go together like PB&J, but don’t always seem to find each other. The idea behind “The Rock Show” at Breakneck Gallery was to bring the two worlds together in the local Cleveland scene. A large group of local artists were assigned a local band by a random lottery and asked to create a “gig style” poster for that band. The show hopes to serve as not just an interesting art show, but also as a mixer of sorts for local artists and bands to meet each other and possibly make connections for the future.

The opening reception will be held Saturday, October 5th from 6 to 10 pm with food, drinks, music, and of course ART!
There will be a 21+  After Party at the Spitfire Saloon 1539 W. 117th featuring performances by the bands All Dinosaurs and Punching Moses (two of the bands covered in the poster show).

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Lisastarchild Pinkston of SLEEPY ROBOT 13

26 09 2013

Chances are if you have been to a show at Breakneck Gallery you have seen the small, silver robots in the glass case. You know, the super adorable ones?

I recently was able to ask the maker of these fine robots, Lisastarchild, a few questions as she prepared for her upcoming show at Breakneck Gallery this Saturday, September 28th.

The show will feature over one hundred unique and limited edition robots from Sleepy Robot 13 and is highly anticipated.

Lisa was initially taken by surprise at the success of the success of her robots, but she now has a loyal following of collectors for her quirky, little robots. She even had a wholesale order placed by Borders bookstore for 500 of her zombie figurines. She unfortunately had to decline because she didn’t have enough hands to help her make them all by the deadline. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise because Borders went out of business shortly after.

B: Tell me about yourself.

L: Eh, there’s not much to tell about me.  I started sculpting when I was about 8 or 9 years old. My mom did ceramics and tried to get me interested in that. I was impatient and didn’t care for the excess time it took for a finished piece. I started fooling around with my mom’s stash of polymer clays, making little monsters and mini food replicas. When I saw the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas I was hooked to clay and sculpting. I didn’t go to college or art school after high school. Nothing really appealed to me at that time, plus I didn’t get enough units of art in high school to apply to the schools I wanted to. I took a break from sculpting when I was 18 so I could face the real world. I took on 2 full time jobs. It wasn’t until I was 23 that I picked it back up after losing my job and needing to make a little income to keep my bills paid while I was on the employment hunt. I opened my first Etsy shop and started selling handmade kitsch jewelry.

I started sculpting little monster figures again and listing them in the shop. They were a slow sell. After a three day crafting binge I was down to only a pack of silver clay left. Half asleep, I decided to sculpt a little robot nodding off. This robot would eventually become my logo and the namesake of my business.


B: Why Breakneck?

L: Breakneck is unique and casual enough to invite a wide variety of art lovers and make everyone feel comfortable. Plus, Kristen and Sean are amazing to work with. Both being artists themselves, they just get it.

Lisa lives in Lakewood with her English bulldog, Remy LeBeau. For more information on Lisa and Sleepy Robot 13, check out the following links:




Interesting Factoids:

B: What art supply can you not live without?

L: Polymer Clay –Sculpey, occasionally Fimo.

B: What artist, alive or dead, would you collaborate with if you could? Why?

L: Definitely Frank Kozik. His work is amazing. Everything from his poster work to his vinyl toys are unique and they appeal to a wide variety of people. The man himself also just seems like he would be a great guy to sit down and have a conversation with.


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