10 Questions // Michael Gromma, Denmark
1. What inspires you these days?
The awesomeness of kids!, how they draw and how they look at things. Their imagination and their “lack” of prejudice towards new things. They see what is put before them and react accordingly; that is something most people could learn from.
2. Who are your heroes?
3. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being able to do what you love.
4. What scares the hell out of you?
Conservatives & religion (but then again at the same time I find it kind of amusing.)
5. What makes you laugh hard?
When I come up with something completely random in my paintings, like one time while I was talking on the phone had this idea, just out of the blue, that Jesus had to fly in front of a spaceship and lead the way with rockets on his feet. It was 100% out of context from the rest of the painting, but it just made me laugh out loud and I love when paintings do that. I love to kick in random thoughts in my paintings that are mostly just there to make you laugh or try to play with your perception of the painting. Often my paintings actually consist of nothing but random thoughts and objects. That creates what I like to see as a different kind of abstract painting or an abstract story inside the painting, which the viewer can then try to make his own.
6. Who are your favorite artists of all time?
Robert Rauschenberg & Andreas Golder.
7. What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Well, having too many guilty pleasures!
8. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
9. What’s your favorite thing in the world?
This leads me back to kids. When a kid laughs and points at my work or tries to explain something in the painting to their parents.
10. What comes to mind when you think of Brooklyn?
Well, of course the bridge. And then just some kind of a feeling of what I would call urban romantic. I still haven’t visited, but I am planning to do so within the next year.
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