mono.kultur #31 MICHAËL BORREMANS: SHADES OF DOUBT
"Michaël Borremans recently found a new way to kick off a productive day: One of his former assistants used to enjoy her morning coffee with a hint of vodka and some maple syrup, ‘just a tiny, tiny bit of vodka, like 1:10, and then some syrup to sweeten it’, and now the Belgian artist has also made it a habit to rely on the nameless drink’s subtle power to ‘open up your blood vessels’. Even so, his day’s work still amounts to no more than what he calls ‘low production’. Low it might seem – particularly to speculators who want to make easy money on the recent hype around Borremans’ haunting paintings, drawings, and films. But low he shouldn’t call it, as he knows all too well that he is very ‘self-censoring’ and will only let the best possible work, sometimes after multiple attempts and different versions, leave his combined home and workplace in Ghent. ‘Low production’ in his case simply means ‘high standards’."
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