Updated: Oct 25, 2020
The Ragingeek explores the world of Emmy award winning Brian A. Bernhard and takes a look at his recent art creations inspired by Star Trek and Star Wars. Brian and I discussed his life’s travels as a multi-faceted artist to successful video producer/editor and recently the rediscovering of his passions through his artistic brand “Embrace the Weird”.
The Early Years
Brian’s story starts off years ago in Virginia where he attended his local community college and thought his calling was in oceanography. Interestingly enough the course was cancelled due to lack of applicants and he decided to major in art studies. Upon getting enough credits he then moved on to Virginia Commonwealth University and specialized in sculpting and painting. During his stay at VCU Brian developed skills which would allow him to combine his art with video. He began to pioneer video installations for various art galleries. The video installations would later be known as projection mapping where bizarre environmental transformations for venues are made with video and sound. Brian acquired a Bachelor of Fine Arts from VCU in December of 1999. During his college years Blockbuster video would serve as Brian’s obligatory retail job. One day after closing the Blockbuster retail store and making his way to his car Brian was held up at gun point by a masked assailant and forced to return the store to clear out the safe. He was later fired by the company as what was believed to be an insurance liability. As fate would have it, he was then able to get a job as a Broadcast Engineer at the local FOX TV station channel 35 in Richmond, VA, this would also be the place where he met his lifelong love.
New York City
At FOX-35 Brian built up some solid experience that would enable him to land another engineer job in Brooklyn, NY at WNYE (NY Board of Education). He then moved with his girlfriend to New York City (only 2 weeks before 9/11) where he worked at WNYE for a few years. While at WNYE he was able to teach himself how to use “after effects” and would begin to utilize these talents doing the on-air graphics and broadcast design for the station. Realizing he had the skills to create a TV production from start to finish Brian eventually got the opportunity he was looking for and took a position at CUNY TV. Here Brian would go on to create his first major TV project series “Art… or Something Like It” where he would venture around NYC in search of a variety of artists, one not