Just received this book in the mail today from DAP. Cracking it in bed and I’m hooked. “One has to believe in what one is doing, one has to commit oneself inwardly, in order to do painting. Once obsessed, one ultimately carries it to the point of believing that one might change human beings through painting. But if one lacks this passionate commitment, there is nothing left to do. Then it is best to leave it alone. For basically painting is total idiocy.” Edited by Dietmar Elger + Hans Ulrich Obrist. German, to me, is the languge of Art. And, this can prolly apply to anything. So git back to r-e-a-d-i-n’. Good for the soul.
“If art is serious about claiming a central role in today’s society and culture, this is the best chance it’s had in ages. The current climate doesn’t represent a threat to art production but to the market. I think it’s time for artists to get over auction houses, … and start using our voices again.”—Maurizio Cattelan
“The text does not “gloss” the images, which do not “illustrate” the text.”—
For me, each has been no more than the onset of a kind of visual uncertainty, anlagous perhaps to that loss of meaning Zen calls a satori. Text and image, interlacing, seek to ensure the circulation and exchange of these signifiers: body, face, writing; and in them to read the retreat of signs. - Roland Barthes
“The technique is intellectual because I am using my brain, but the result is shaped through instinct and emotion… Through my projects by collaborating with artists and photographers, I tell a story. Without news, nothing is alive. The final result must say something. Information deepens the work.”—- Rei Kawakubo, Designer Comme Des Garcons on the occassion of celebrating her new line “BLACK” celebrating their 40th anniversary. (This is exactly how I feel about FirstPerson, thank you.)