|Title||Hank Schmidt in der Beek, Fabian Schubert / Und im Sommer tu ich malen||Posted in||Book||Release Date||2016|
|Format||16 × 21 cm||Details|
72 pages, color, hardcover, thread stitched
Artists have been known to travel the world, visiting the exact locations where their favorite artists found inspiration to create their masterpieces, in the hopes of finding inspiration themselves.
At first glance, Hank Schmidt in der Beek seems to be one of those artists, searching out the likes of Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne, or Vincent Van Gogh's enlightenment in picture perfect locales around Europe while photographer Fabian Schubert immortalizes his attempts with his camera. However, Hank isn't there to copy his icons' works but, instead, the pattern on the shirt/top he wears in each place. Hank's tongue-in-cheek series, which he has been collaborating with Schubert on ever since 2009, is now featured in full detail in a new book published in 2016 by Edition Taube, Und im Sommer tu ich malen (And in the summer I paint).
It actually takes a moment to assimilate what is going on in each sweeping photo. The views seem familiar from iconic works of art; the artist standing in front of his canvas, his paints in his hand, a recognizable sight; but that moment of assimilation happens when one realizes that the subject matter featured on the canvas matches the plaid, stripe or design of the artist's shirt and not the beautiful views. A twist on a self portrait? A new perspective on an homage? Just a reason for a good laugh? Whatever the case, it makes us want to keep turning the book's pages…
Although it's not clear if the tops Hank wears in the locations were actually inspired by the locations and if he styled his outfit-of-the-day with his planned location visit in mind, it's interesting to note how associations are created. Will his clients (he has shown his works around the world) glance up at the canvas of, say, white vertical arrows on a navy blue background (the pattern on Hank's sweater) on their wall and automatically think of Claude Monet (whose famous Water Lily pond Hank was visiting that day)? Or will Hank's depiction of his red and white checked shirt painted in Yorkshire's Woldgate Woods bring to mind David Hockney's famous landscape series which he illustrated in the same location?
Whatever the case, the artist has conceptualized a new take on an age-old subject delightfully and Edition Taube's 72 page full color book depicts it most artfully; bridging humor with establishment, and wit with talent.