Eugene Brodsky


Eugene Brodsky Biography

Subjects and Connectivity:

The sources for my work start from images I come across, sometimes hunting for them and sometimes stumbling across them when least expected. I find them: walking in a strange city, taking snapshots surreptitiously at a screening of an old film, thumbing through endless books of architecture, on the wall of a construction shed, in a garden, going around the block because I am early for an appointment, finding a shred of a poster left hanging, or at a book stall in Paris, where weirdly but inevitably the prototypical grey Parisian vendor chases me down the street because somehow I have stolen what is his- though only the image itself. I ramble and look for what nobody else cares about. And having caught my "prey” (images), I take them to my studio and dissect and manipulate them so they are hopefully born again and given some new dignity and magic.

The question comes up as to how these images are connected? What's the story? There's an academic answer: pattern and system, nature and planner, lines and dots as code that's easy to decipher. But to me it's always going to be that the things I make are linked by me. They are what captures me and their commonality is that I chose them and they chose me.


I have been working with silkscreen for many years. It lets me keep my "hand" in the work while keeping my "hand" out of the work. I have been using stencils in my paintings for more than ten years and wanted to revisit the specificity and surprise that I can get with the silkscreen process.


I spend a Lot of time hand drawing things that in the end show few signs of that. It interests me that an accumulation of clumsy marks add up to something that can seem very precise. And that conversely sometimes something very labor intensive can seem very casual. Handmade Mechanicals - I guess that's what I hope to make.