Sometimes it’s really hard to understand and experience art, so one creative duo decided to make fun out of it. Artist Hank Schmidt in der Beek and photographer Fabian Schubert have been working on a project, called Und im Sommer tu ich malen (which translates “And in the Summer I do paint”) which combines photography and painting, and is not only well executed but hilarious as well.
The idea behind the project is for the duo to visit scenic locations where famous artists like Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, or Paul Cezanne painted their works. However, instead of replicating their proud works, Hank paints the pattern of his shirt. Their project combines conceptual and concrete art as well as plein air and portrait painting.
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 acknowledgment that sometimes it’s simply pretentious as well.