Notes

  • Compassion.
  • Art increases our humanity.
  • There is always discovery in the making.
  • “Liberation depends upon a thought—a thought that things as they are can be different than they are.” ~ Sean Michael Morris
  • [It] needs to be seen to be undone.
  • The Creative Process by James Baldwin
  • “The picture of the world that we have from Western approaches is a Male picture…blind to all but what can be touched with Male hands and thinking.” ~ Craig Weinberg
  • “You don’t understand some paintings [art] until you go away and see it with the back of your head instead of your eyes.” ~ Neil Douglas
  • Repentance: to turn from one direction to another.
  • “Basically, I think art is just a way to think.” ~ Kiki Smith
  • Hobbyist. ~ Canadian Revenue Agency
  • “Don’t cling to a mistake just because you spent a lot of time making it.” ~Aubrey De Graf
  • Everyday objects have the potential to surprise when rearranged.
  • “We should not be afraid to confront both beauty and horror.” ~ Alfredo Jaar
  • “Make work to learn about making work.” ~ Jin-me Yoon
  • Consider: “concept of over-identification, Slavoj Žižek’s description of a tactic intended to reveal the hidden nature of dominant ideologies — not by pointing to them but by becoming extreme forms of them.” ~ CH2
  • “Art is mostly hard work.” ~ unknown
  • Get out of your way.
  • “My mom taught me that if your art doesn’t look good, when you die they’re going to throw it away.” ~ Tom Sachs
  • Restoration.
  • Be an active agent in creating reality.
  • Within the current system, nothing you do is apolitical.
  • Understand that the periods before, during, and after you make work are each utilizing different kinds of knowledge.
  • Simple subtraction. (2011)
  • Don’t be afraid of working in small spaces with simple materials. Size has nothing to do with how powerful or meaningful a work can be.
  • Adorno writes that, “It is self evident that that nothing concerning art is self evident anymore”. This idea supports the notion that there is no concrete “thing” called art. Thus there is no “true” or “pure” art. Art is something that, like other readings have pointed out, has no concrete foundation. One cannot look at something and say, “that is not art” or “that follows the exact specifications of x form of art”. Looking at art is a process of blindness that unifies what we see. ~ Behringer
  • Repetition.
  • Don’t be so serious.
  • All white, all the time.
  • Making art is political.
  • Bodies are politicized.
  • I do what I want, except when I can’t.