"Poloncic, a musician and author also, is deliberately withdrawn and elusive. Choosing not to participate in the artist talk, he lets his obscure statement and symbolic, abstract work speak for itself. He is at his most revealing when he writes, “following your dreams is like climbing up, hanging on, and riding the bucking bronco.” And crash landing as well, as his most forthcoming trademark cryptogram, “The Journal,” fairly screams its headline, “Schizophrenic.” True to form, as with his other pieces, the cipher for encryption remains hidden up his sleeve…….Poloncic’s world is puzzling, psychological and paradoxical, on the one hand Poloncic bares his troubled soul to the viewer only to overwhelm one with a myriad of iconic imagery and text messages virtually impossible to decipher in their mazelike patters…………..Furthermore, while Poloncic’s art in emotionally charged, it is also intellectually stimulating and aesthetically pleasing. His meticulous, almost obsessively drawn geometric and organic topography resemble pictographs with symbols both familiar and unfamiliar, especially in his “Untitled “ series of two inks on paper and his four variations of “Xanthous Mermaid Mechanics,” 1-4 which in spite of their separate iconography are united by one visual motif, a wide-eyed, open-mouthed figure in fear and pain………This image dominates Poloncic’s title piece, “Xanthous Mermaid Mechanic,” split as it were into two symbolic, blue and red extremes of the same coin or personality and a lot of stream of consciousness text including: “In space lit dimly by xanthous suns and small, sallow fireballs…but God is here now.” This is either a mixed message or a balanced one, but not so in Poloncic’s most overt piece, the aptly named “The Journal.” In this darkest work, even the banner headline “Schizo-phrenic” is split as is what may be its muse or source, the words “love-affair” which are embedded in a paisley-like flower in the center of the canvas. The artist leaves little further doubt as one of the many entries in his journal says “I read schizophrenia was a choice to take the high road. I feel it might be a low at best, terror at worst.” And perhaps a final word, “I’ve been hurt,” written to be legible when held up to a mirror, another sign of a doppelganger or double. Judging by the above, art is also a form of therapy for Poloncic, a way of keeping “it” together if not a cure-all. In “The Journal,” there is a direction for the viewer, “Enter here” but nowhere is there an exit, presumably for the artist as well."
- Michael J. Krainak, Omaha City Weekly
"The works by Brion Poloncic are very interesting visual journals. They require some time to view and more importantly to read. His art is usually black and white and are usually, large presentations. They are a pleasant addition to any collection. He has much to say and is not done yet!"
- Dean Settle, Open Studio, Lincoln, NE
Curator Lincoln Outsider Art Festival
"Brian Poloncic has created a group of work which draws on the surrealism of Joan Miro and Andre Breton infused with text which serves as alternately stream of consciousness writing, journal of days, and glyph of Poloncic’s own invention. Sincere and full of information, Poloncic’s work is deeply personal and imaginative."
- Sarah DaCorta, Omaha City Weekly