For Smile in Your Face I selected artists which had been “in my backpack” since I left the art-academy and stepped into the world. Along the way I added some and some had to leave. Photo: Wouter VandenBrink.
Most inspiration I get out of art with a little political touch or some strange sort of edge with a statement or hidden message.
(for website Petrovsky & Ramone go here)
These are my inspirations:
From the moment I first saw her work 16 years ago, it took me as falling in love. The combination of reality, art, politics, freedom, contrast, directness and concept.
Same feeling of weirdness and non understandingg conceptualness. Still somewhere getting his intentions. The Cremaster cycle is hard to see in one go.
I was in Venice Bienale last year and came across big images of flowers. Suddenly, in hiding you see soldiers in flower suits with guns.
The mirrors he made are spiritual leaders projected from the back. When you stand in front of it over your face glows jesus or budha.
His daytime BLACK fireworks…. the animals flying through a space….
Again art with a message somewhere.
As my fascination with the Middle East grows day by day, coming across the work of Shirin Neshat gave tears in my eyes.
The way of showing contrasts and reality in such a in your face way and all being esthetical and so strong, with a message.
Choreography with light, sound and the human body. Amazing experience when watching live!!!
Iris van Herpen
We have a lot of good and inpiring Dutch designers. Iris her work is a piece of art.
Yes, I wish I was him sometimes.
Henk van Bennekum
Minimalistic works of Steel, Snow and Wood. His work is the silent poetry which I grew up with.
Colourful strange images, movies and sounds in special environments. Love the fact you can lay down and let the works come over you.
PS: THE WORLD ITSELF IS A PIECE OF ART.
We are living in a field of all possible possibilities.