The Yellow Kid, 1991, Martin Bromirski

One of four pieces included in a show called "Secret Views", at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Phila PA, 1991.


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  • hartless hind PRO 8y

    marcel wygarkowac?
  • Bromirski 8y

    wygarbowac - it will sound glib if i talk about it briefly now... but, it was garbo's real name. i was partly thinking about concealment, celebrity, presentation... stuff like that. it was the early 90's, "identity" was a big buzzword. she was polish, my name is polish... i was really into david wojnarowicz, his name also polish and more similar to wygarbowac than my own. duchamp... signing his pieces R. Mutt, and the Rose Selavy character.

    i didn't sign all of these with that name, and i didn't operate under that name... i mean, i showed these under my own name. the name was a part of the piece... not an identity i actually assumed.
  • hartless hind PRO 8y

    wow, i was pretty close on the spelling.

    i keep trying to make a thoughtful comment, but i keep sounding stupid and young and it's frustrating the hell out of me. but i guess that's what i am, really. i think i understand your motives with it, and it doesn't seem superficial to me.

    i kind of got inspired by these. they made a little light bulb happen and things were clearer. not the words really, but something in the pictures. not a lot of stuff does that these days, it seems. anyway, thanks martin.
  • Bromirski 8y

    you don't sound stupid AT ALL! ever!

    i really like these pieces still, very much, which isn't the case with everything when i look back at it. there have definitely been peaks and valleys. i was on a roll with these from the beginning of 1990, for about two years or so. wish i had taken more and better photos. there were some sweet installations.

    oh i forgot, the "marcel" is the name i was almost given. my great-grandfather had come from poland and was named marcel, but he americanized it to martin. so, more of the above-mentioned theme. plus a nod to marcel duchamp.

    actually, i could go on and on about these things.

    The Yellow Kid is from Outcalt's strip... one of the first strips to get color.

    my Humberto character is partly from Outcalt's Yellow Kid... read this interview (about my stuff) to know where the Humberto Maturana name and idea comes from -

    and it is funny how stuff repeats itself over the years. i kept thinking about my Humberto pieces when i was making One day in the Garden, almost ten years later -

    here is a more direct Yellow Kid reference -

    One Day In The Garden, page 12 by Bromirski

    and on and on and on.....!
  • hartless hind PRO 8y

    hey, thanks for all the links. that was a really awesome interview, martin.

    also it is your work so the only way it should be is that you can go on and on. it wouldn't make any sense really, if you couldn't.
  • hartless hind PRO 8y

    i guess i read it in that interview, but i'm not sure now, that you wanted a "real camera," rather than the disposable kind. i don't know if you still need one, but here's a good one i saw on the philly craig's list. it's an excellent little camera, too. you should do it.
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