Jasper Johns - Quotes

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I am not strong on perfection. ---->>>

To me, self-description is a calamity. ---->>>

Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it. ---->>>

To be an artist you have to give up everything, including the desire to be a good artist. ---->>>

I have no ideas about what the paintings imply about the world. I don't think that's a painter's business. He just paints paintings without a conscious reason. ---->>>

Everyone is of course free to interpret the work in his own way. I think seeing a picture is one thing and interpreting it is another. ---->>>

I tend to like things that already exist. ---->>>

Do something, do something to that, and then do something to that. ---->>>

Intention involves such a small fragment of our consciousness and of our mind and of our life. ---->>>

Most of the power of painting comes through the manipulation of space... but I don't understand that. ---->>>

I decided that if my work contained what I could identify as a likeness to other work, I would remove it.' ---->>>

I love drawings, so I've always enjoyed making drawings that exist on their own. ---->>>

I often find that having an idea in my head prevents me from doing something else. Working is therefore a way of getting rid of an idea. ---->>>

One likes to think that one anticipates changes in the spaces we inhabit, and our ideas about space. ---->>>

Sometimes I see it and then paint it. Other times I paint it and then see it. Both are impure situations, and I prefer neither. ---->>>

I don't want my work to be an exposure of my feelings. ---->>>

As one gets older one sees many more paths that could be taken. Artists sense within their own work that kind of swelling of possibilities, which may seem a freedom or a confusion. ---->>>

I think a painting should include more experience than simply intended statement. ---->>>

Whatever I do seems artificial and false, to me. ---->>>

When something is new to us, we treat it as an experience. We feel that our senses are awake and clear. We are alive. ---->>>

Sometime during the mid-50s I said, 'I am an artist.' Before that, for many years, I had said, 'I'm going to be an artist.' Then I went through a change of mind and a change of heart. What made 'going to be an artist' into 'being an artist', was, in part, a spiritual change. ---->>>

To do a drawing for a painting most often means doing something very sketchy and schematic and then later making it polished. ---->>>

What you might consider a bad work can be of extreme interest to an artist in ways which are not about its being a good or bad. ---->>>

At first I had some idea that the absence of color made the work more physical. Early on I was very involved with the notion of the painting as an object and tended to attack that idea from different directions. ---->>>

I am just trying to find a way to make pictures. ---->>>

I don't know how to organise thoughts. I don't know how to have thoughts. ---->>>

I never wish for critics. ---->>>

I wish there were more humor in my work than I see in it. ---->>>

One works without thinking how to work. ---->>>

This image of wanting to be an artist - that I would in some way become an artist -was very strong. I knew for a long, long time that that's what I would be. But nothing I ever did seemed to bring me any nearer to the condition of being an artist. And I didn't know how to do it. ---->>>

I'm not sure what 'coming out right' means. It often means that what you do holds a kind of energy that you wouldn't just put there, that comes about through grace of some sort. ---->>>

My experience of life is that it's very fragmented; certain kinds of things happen, and in another place, a different kind of thing occurs. I would like my work to have some vivid indication of those differences. ---->>>

There was very little art in my childhood. I was raised in South Carolina; I wasn't aware of any art in South Carolina. There was a minor museum in Charleston, which had nothing of interest in it. It showed local artists, paintings of birds. ---->>>

The only logical thing I can think of is that I knew there were such things as artists, and I knew there were none where I lived. So I knew that to be an artist you had to be somewhere else. And I very much wanted to be somewhere else. ---->>>

The thing is, if you believe in the unconscious - and I do - there's room for all kinds of possibilities that I don't know how you prove one way or another. ---->>>

In the place where I was a child, there were no artists and there was no art, so I really didn't know what that meant. ---->>>

One wants one's work to be the world, but of course it's never the world. The work is in the world; it never contains the whole thing. ---->>>

I was raised in South Carolina; I wasn't aware of any art in South Carolina. There was a minor museum in Charleston, which had nothing of interest in it. It showed local artists, paintings of birds. ---->>>

In the place where I was a child, there were no artists and there was no art, so I really didn't know what that meant. I think I thought it meant that I would be in a situation different than the one that I was in. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 05-15, 1930
Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
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Occupation: Artist
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Jasper Johns (born May 15, 1930) is an American painter, sculptor and printmaker associated with Abstract expressionism, Neo-Dada, and Pop art.(wikipedia)