Yesterday night I sat on my couch, and was looking at this Christ painting I made a while ago. Somehow I was thinking about how this one came about and in a whim I recorded the story on my phone. In English. I don’t know why I did that. Maybe it was easier for […]
It’s only in autumn that I sometimes confuse birds in the sky with falling leaves. A leaf touches my hair, my cheek, another falls right in front of me. Though falling doesn’t seem like the right word, it’s more like dancing, floating elegantly. A joyful, unpredictable flight through the sky. Almost as if in […]
One afternoon last week, feeling restless, leaning against my radiator, staring at the large blank sheet before me, my eyes somehow landed upon this El Greco reproduction and I thought: Why not? I took some leftover paint from my last project and started painting that face. The narrow shape of the head, the long nose, the big round eyes.
Later in the day I was leafing through a book about Rembrandt and it made me wonder why he painted the way he did. Those lights and shadows, the mysteriousness, the atmosphere. So I made a little study of it. I took a photo of myself and edited it the way Rembrandt painted.
The result was interesting. A boring, awkward self portrait had turned into an interesting, mysterious portrait of a woman who wasn’t me.
“Botticelli’s Venus and Mars used to be a unique image which it was only possible to see in the room where it was actually hanging. Now, it’s image or detail of it, can be seen in a million different places at the same time. As you look at it now on your screen, your wallpaper is round it. Your window is opposite it. Your carpet is below it. At the same moment, it is on many other screens, surrounded by different objects, different colors, different sounds. You are seeing it in the context of your own life. It is surrounded not by gilt frames, but by the familiarity of the room you are in, and the people around you.”
Henk Binnendijk in gesprek met Herman Brood. Geen logische combinatie, maar het levert wel interessante gesprekken op, vooral als de gesprekken over God gaan. Beide kijken ze op een totaal andere manier naar het onderwerp. Henk vanuit zijn christelijke achtergrond, Herman op een haast tegengestelde wijze. Henk ziet God als iemand buiten hemzelf die hem […]
Dr. Who is een tijdreiziger en in deze aflevering neemt hij Vincent van Gogh mee naar de toekomst. Deze scène geeft misschien wel precies weer wat wij allemaal stiekem zouden willen zien gebeuren. Dat die (vaak ongelukkige) van Gogh zou zien dat zijn werk uiteindelijk toch de moeite waard was.