Arm of rijk: iedereen heeft een hart en heeft lief
Tussen de jachten, Rolexen en auto’s van twee miljoen euro door, wandelt een fraai aangekleed publiek. Allemaal hebben ze een kloppend hart in hun borstkas. Het is de opening van de luxe beurs Masters of LXRY, met als thema de liefde.
Het wemelt er van de luxe. Mode, juwelen, reisjes naar Antarctica: bezoekers vergapen zich eraan. Te midden van de pronkstukken bevindt zich een gigantische stellage over liefde. Wie het kunstwerk betreedt, ziet op een groot scherm beelden van een naakte vrouw op een strand. Het is kunstenares Micky Hoogendijk, vriendin van de Hartstichting.
‘Je hart ben jij, maar het maakt ook dat je liefhebt, dat je leeft‘, vertelt ze. Ze heeft een half jaar aan de stellage gewerkt. ‘Liefde is de energie tussen mensen, het is een plek waar het goddelijke leeft. Het is iets dat vreselijk groot en overweldigend voelt.’ Om dat gevoel weer te geven, ging Hoogendijk naar buiten. ‘In de natuur ervaar ik deze gevoelens. Het is ook de plek, waar ik het contact kan voelen met dierbaren, die overleden zijn.’
Samen met fotograaf Frits de Boer besloot ze zichzelf vast te leggen in die natuur. ‘Het is redelijk absurd om steeds je eigen billen voorbij te zien komen‘, lacht de kunstenares. ‘Maar inmiddels ben ik die persoon op dat scherm niet meer, ze is onderdeel van het kunstwerk geworden.’
De spiritualiteit, die Hoogendijk met het hart en de liefde ervaart, lijkt wellicht een beetje in contrast te staan met het materialisme van een luxe beurs. ‘Maar iedereen, die hier rondloopt, heeft een hart, is ooit verliefd geweest. Dik, dun, arm of rijk.‘
Naast de liefdes installatie ontwierp Hoogendijk, net als 115 andere prominenten, een cover van tijdschrift LXRY. Van iedere cover is de oplage exact één stuk en dus uniek. Ze worden geveild op de beurs, de opbrengst komt ten goede van de Hartstichting. ‘De bezoekers hier hebben een beurs om iets te spenderen, en dat is natuurlijk mooi voor het uiteindelijke doel‘, zegt Hoogendijk. Naast de covers, wordt op de beurs nog meer kunst verkocht ten gunste van de Hartstichting. Wie wil kan bijvoorbeeld bieden op een unieke, ontworpen, vaas door de bekende tatoeage artiest Henk Schiffmacher. Startprijs: achtduizend euro. De beurs is open tot en met 16 december.
hartstichting.nl, 16 december 2019
Photogapher Micky Hoogendijk sees in dreams: Dutch born Austinite layers portraits to reveal the vulnerable
A figure drapes a jeweled, chain-metal mesh over his pale features. Lower in the frame, black leather gloves half cover fingers tipped with roughened nails.
Below a white fringe of hair, the subject’s eyes reflect deep, unaffected sadness. The lips are parted slightly, as if prepared to speak some line of elegiac poetry.
Just as arresting are the image’s title, “Death Becomes Her,” and its subject, fashion designer and former columnist Stephen Moser, who has survived a diagnosis of terminal cancer for more than six years. He is currently under hospice care.
“Death Becomes Her,” a portrait of writer and designer Stephen Moser, is perhaps Micky Hoogendijk’s most famous image
“His story deeply touched me, and this portrait is my tribute to him,” says photographer Micky Hoogendijk, who often uses Photoshop to enhance her large, haunting portraits. “I did not need any layers in this photo; this is the raw, real image. Again a mask, a veneer. Very symbolic.”
Dutch-born Hoogendijk, 43, a former model and actress, has been around art all her life. Her second father was a painter, her mother an interior designer. Her first husband, Rob Scholte, is a globetrotting postmodern artist, the Lowlands answer to Jeff Koons.
Now married to famed entrepreneur, podcaster and former MTV VJ Adam Curry, Hoogendijk recently exhibited her photos alongside Peggy Weiss’s dreamlike photos and collages at the Davis Gallery.
Yet many of them, including “Death Becomes Her,” have circulated in the media for months.
Although firmly based here, Hoogendijk (pronounced HOOGENDIKE in this country) is just as likely to sell her work in Japan or the Netherlands as in Austin or New York City. As one might expect from the images, she’s led a life of incident.
Destined for creative work
Micky Hoogendijk – “Rainstick”
Hoogendijk’s second dad, Roelof Frankot, was a trained photographer who made his name as a painter associated with the CoBrA movement, named after the avant-garde artists’ home cites: Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam.
Her mother, Gine Hoogendijk, designed interiors for projects such as the Hilton Hotels in Holland.
“She was the tallest, most beautiful woman in Amsterdam after the war,” her daughter says. “People would always look to see if she was wearing high heels. She was actually wearing her brother’s shoes because there were no cute shoes after the war. She was very funny and stubborn in a good way. I was her No. 1 project in life.”
A product of a liberal upbringing, the younger Hoogendijk was an only child who performed at the drop of a hat.
“Everyone said I would become an actress,” she says. “I believed everything and was teased in school. I’d wear my mom’s beautiful undergowns to school because I was a princess. That didn’t go over well.”
“Regal Blonde” demonstrates Micky Hoogendijk’s bifurcated techniques
Hoogendijk spoke Dutch, of course, growing up, but learned English quickly. When asked why she betrays no trace of a Dutch accent, she explains that she sounds British in the UK, American in the US and so forth. She echoes back the sounds.
Hoogendijk didn’t like school much until she attended one with a theater. She was 20 when she finished at the Rudolf Steiner School, which provided an in-depth arts education.
Still strikingly beautiful today, she immediately fell in love with artist Scholte, and for the next seven years, she put aside an acting career to devote her life to his work.
One of his biggest projects was a giant mural in Japan. At Sasebo in the Nagasaki Prefecture, the Japanese had built Huis Ten Bosch, a theme-park version of a Dutch city with full-size buildings.
“The palace of our queen is duplicated one-on-one, but with better gardens because the Japanese had money,” Hoogendijk says with a laugh. “The city is as big as Monaco, like Amsterdam without the hookers or the bikes.”
Tragedy struck the artist and his wife in 1994 when a bomb went off under their car in Amsterdam. Scholte lost both his legs. Hoogendijk miscarried for the second time. Though still loving, the shaken couple eventually parted ways.
On her own, Hoogendijk tried modeling, then was cast in a prime-time Dutch soap opera.
“I played a bitchy character,” she says. “Five days a week for two years.”
That made her famous. A desire to learn more about acting took her to Los Angeles, where she earned roles and critical praise in indie movies such as “Blindspot.”
Then, five years ago, into her life came the charismatic Curry, whose broadcasting career first took off in the Netherlands.
Micky Hoogendijk & Adam Curry do American Gothic (foto Flickr)
“We call it the day that lighting struck – in a positive way,” Hoogendijk says of meeting Curry. “You see 3D and hear angels. We’ve been together ever since.”
After living in San Francisco and Los Angeles – and taking a 6,000 mile tour in a recreational vehicle – the couple settled in Travis Heights. Sweetening the deal, Curry came with a 23 year old daughter, which raises hopes for grandchildren.
Four months after she met Curry, Hoogendijk’s mother passed away.
“I think she felt Adam was the right one and she just let go,” Hoogendijk says. “She gave me a camera. I took pictures out on the street. Took pictures of architecture, lines, homeless people. I was able to walk around and be the voyeur. I had been so famous in Holland. This changed my life. Made me a better person.”
Once, as a thank-you gift for a host, she made a book of images. The art collector encouraged Hoogendijk to follow her photographic talents.
She began by photographing actors, “interesting people who don’t mind getting naked,” she says. “I discovered the portrait because I had this one lens. You see progress in my work when I get a new lens.”
She uses a Canon D5 before adding just one digital layer.
“Photography is my first medium,” she says. “Photoshop is my brush.”
Her starting point is an encounter, dream or object that culminates in an explosion of ideas.
“On set, I allow my model’s instinct and personality to melt together with my camera and drive my creative inspiration,” she says. “I coax trust, contact and vulnerability from my subjects in order to produce an image from which the viewer can then create his own world.”
Themes of religion, society and mythology recur. She met the subject of “My Ode to Damien” at an Austin mall.
“She was 15 with long, skinny legs, big ears, big eyes.” Hoogendijk says. “Still a kid not aware of her beauty. Not aware of all the things she will be going through as a woman. I saw in her a whole life of things still to happen. The things that enrich us, but also scar us.”
Hoogendijk imposed a diamond skull over the girl’s face in honor of a work by artist Damien Hirst: “Each stone stands for a life experience that she will have as a woman.”
In “Rainstick,” she employs model My-Cherie Haley as a muse.
“She takes me into a dream world,” Hoogendijk says. “My head is full of pictures. It starts with things I write down every morning when I wake up. Small ideas, little drawings. It’s very busy in my head.”
“Regal Blond” draws the viewer through a dense, bright mask directly to the eyes.
“Most of my portraits are done with natural light,” she says. “This allows the viewer to actually look into the eyes of my subject instead of seeing the hard flash lights reflecting.”
The images are charged with emotion.
“Each work is intensely personal and takes both me and my subject on a journey that provokes fundamental questions about life and our existence,” Hoogendijk says.
Michael Barnes writes about Austin’s people, places, culture and history
12:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2014