Presenteert: Is there a work of literature or text that has had an influence on your work or practice as a painter?
Michael: Naming just one book that is essential to my work or identity is very difficult, but there are areas and genres that have left an impression on me and have effected my work. Some sit on the periphery of my practice, and others figure in more centrally to what I make.
As I write this I am thinking of a variety of landscapes, dark ravines, and deep forests, the silent woods after a family is killed in “A Good Man is Hard to Find”. Death and nature seem to walk hand in hand in much of my own work. Similar to the atmosphere of Hans Baldung Grien’s paintings, the soberness of O’Connor’s strange worlds have a darkness that remains just below the surface. You really start to feel transported somehow rather than to be given a one-liner.
And as with many painters that I appreciate, I have an interest in texts that reach into nuanced areas which are open and poetic, often raising the level of what to strive for in my work. In the authors I read, there exists something similar to the painterly gaze. There is always something new to be found.
It is not so different than walking into a museum or gallery. We will gravitate to works that speak to us or our work in one way or another. They are fellow travelers who are searching for something similar, or commenting on life in a way that resonates within our work. A writer’s ideas and voice can resonate with our own projects, resulting in epiphanies.
PRESENTeert is a mimeograph printed (in Dutch: gestencild) platfom for painting. The goal is to present painters ideas and visions, apart from their visual works… perhaps related to painting.