"Luk Lambrecht: Painting is quite fashionable today. Do you see a particular reason for this phenomenon?
MICHAËL BORREMANS: You know, today you can just juxtapose anything. That is what makes our present time so interesting — everything is possible. There is a huge variety of media that function well when combined. In all disciplines we see an explicit culture of sampling. That explains the new interest in painting in the visual arts: painting is a clichéd medium that allows the use of a wide range of materials and an almost endless profusion of references. What I do with painting is unprecedented. I am a true avant-garde artist!
LL: Do you think you could express your imagination through the more refined technique of Photoshop?
MB: With Photoshop you miss this incredible power of the tactility of the original painting.
That is precisely what in my view constitutes the ultimate temptation of paint on canvas."