Thursday, April 25, 2013

Jasper Johns on what "one wants from painting"

"When you begin work with the idea of suggesting , say, a particular psychological state of affairs, you have eliminated so much from the process of painting that you make an artificial statement, which, I think, is not desirable. I think one has to work with everything and accept the kind of statement which results as unavoidable, or as a helpless situation.  I think that one wants from painting a sense of life. The final suggestion, the final gesture, the final statement has to be not a deliberate statement but a helpless statement.  It has to be what you can't avoid saying, not what you set out to say."

From Interviews with American Artist, by David Sylvester

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