German artists, Hank Schmidt and Fabian Schubert throughout Europe to visit the historic art spots where they can make portraits of Schmidt's shirt patterns.
You know how someone takes a trip to a cool place, but instead of snapping shots of the foreign sights, they’ll turn the camera on themselves and take a selfie, then caption with "Betty in the Zoo." That's exactly what these two German artists have done with this project.
Schmidt in der Beek and Schubert travelled throughout Europe to visit the spots where Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Paul Cezanne allegedly painted their works. Perhaps you thought they might’ve done so in order to recreate the images of such esteemed artists. They actually did that so that Schubert could photograph Schmidt in der Beek painting the patterns on his shirts and sweaters.
This theme of self-obsession and oblivion to one’s surroundings is apparent in this series from artist Schmidt and Schubert. In the photos, a man sits at an easel, surrounded by a beautiful landscape. But instead of painting that landscape, as one would expect, he paints the pattern on his shirt. What an obsession!
Everything began when the two of them met on a mountain hike. "He was with his medium format camera to take some photographs, me with some canvases and an easel to make some paintings," Hank says. The results of their humorous adventures around Europe are an appreciation of the joy of creating art, but an acknowledgement that sometimes it's simply pretentious as well.