“One of the pillars of my practice is to do what comes naturally.” ~ Rick Leong
Just because it can be done, doesn’t mean that it should be done.
Your life struggles don’t necessarily make you a good artist.
Keep a process book, a note box, a binder… something… anything!
Stop talking and learn to listen.
Don’t try to be funny; the moment you try to be is the moment you cease to be.
Sometimes shitty ideas turn out better than you expected.
Not all creative endeavours are art.
Never stop asking questions.
Don’t expect your works to be answers to anything.
Make work that matters to you. If you couldn’t really give a crap about it, it will be crap.
If it feels like hard work, it is hard work. But you can still love it.
Make sure to spend time with friends who like your work. And hate it.
Don’t cling to a mistake just because you spent a lot of time making it.
Everyday objects have the potential to surprise when rearranged. But that doesn’t mean they should be.
“We should not be afraid to confront both beauty and horror.” ~ Alfredo Jaar
From now on I will make every effort to never write anything similar to the following: My work interrogates the derivatives of existence and questions the semblance of control beyond materiality. (MN)
“Make work to learn about making work.” ~ Jin-me Yoon
I’ll show you a grenade launcher; I’m going to launch it up your ass!
What is my story? What is the story?
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
Be an active agent in creating reality.
Intuitive. Don’t use that word in relation to your work. Your choices are based on your current knowledge.
Nothing you do is apolitical. (Didn’t I say that already?)
Do the thinking part after the making part. Although, while making you are employing a different kind of thinking.
Simple subtraction. (2011)
“A rectangle, sometimes a circle, and once in awhile a square. Although the odd parallel-o-gram is pleasing too.” ~ a man
When you talk/speak try not to sound like a pompous jerk.
Don’t be afraid of working in small spaces with simple materials. That has nothing to do with how powerful or meaningful the work can be.
You won’t necessarily make better art because you are tortured or depressed or so called sensitive.
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
“Fine” Art. What the hell is that?
Don’t worry about fitting in with stylish artsy people, who wear black and have cutting edge eye wear. Just make what you make.
Notes to self.
Don’t be so serious.
It doesn’t matter if you work within a particular genre. Artists grow and that means genres may need to be jumped or abandoned.