IMAGES: Martin Bromirski

Martin Bromirski’s diminutive paintings (on display at StoreFront Bushwick this past month) feature circular shapes, clotty paint, bright colors, awkward slashes and gauged holes. At first glance, the paintings have a cheery, decorative quality, but below the shiny veneer, anger and anxiety are festering in the heavily worked surfaces and frustrated cutting. In a recent interview at Studio Critical, Bromirski called them “small intense freaky little abstract paintings,” which they definitely are. What’s brilliant is that he makes seemingly agreeable little paintings, but they have an underlying aggression that subverts that first friendly hello.

Martin Bromirski, acrylic on canvas, around 12 x 20 inches.
Martin Bromirski, Untitled, 2012, acrylic, sand, paper on canvas, 20 x 16 inches.
Martin Bromirski, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 16 inches. Unlike his other work, this painting features a darker, more subdued palette. Maybe a new direction?

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