Girls in Hawaii
Musicians can also be inspired by visual art. The artists of the Belgian band Girls in Hawaii talk about what the work of Hockney means to them.
Rinus Van de Velde
With his gigantic charcoal drawings, Belgian artist Rinus Van de Velde is making a name for himself at home and abroad. We went to his studio in Antwerp to ask him how he was inspired by David Hockney, whom he calls 'the master of colours'.
Marieke Lucas Rijneveld
Marieke Lucas Rijneveld wrote a poem about a work by David Hockney. Curious about how the British painter inspired the Dutch writer?
You can read the full poem below the video.
A boy’s dream
Maybe it’s this: that I have looked deep into your delightful nudity,
squeezed the juice from your lips, which all that time you held at
the perfect height to be plucked, like a rowanberry so red, so much,
there is an ill-fated autumn concealed in every pose, how delicious
it is to dream up all your contours. Maybe it’s this: in the upper
chambers of your mind lines of poetry lie curled up asleep, your
armpits are hollows in the dunes where you can lie out of the wind
in the marram grass, it feels strange to me to love someone so much
but with you, everything is so suddenly, so starkly revealed.
Maybe it’s this: the fact you stand before me so casually filling
this portrait, as though we casually inhabited this world, trying
not to stare at the pubic area too much and at what sets me
ablaze, you provoke, you endear, where I went about it too
ardently I have rubbed everything out. Maybe it’s this: that
even naked you turn out to be clothed, I can’t seem to lay bare
what I cherish exactly, and the idea that one day you will hang
in someone’s room makes me feel jealous, this is probably why
I keep your feet, your adorable toes, out of the picture. Maybe it
is this: that as long as I draw you I don’t have to find you, the look
in your eyes sees the helplessness in me, my fingers glide over your
legs, your thighs, I prise the moon from your navel. Maybe it is
this: that I have looked deep into your delightful nudity, squeezed
the juice from your lips, and if only it could stay like this, the tree,
the red, and you so sweet and too silent to respond to this dream.
By MARIEKE LUCAS RIJNEVELD © 2020
Translated by Michele Hutchison