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Jasper Johns

"Intention involves such a small fragment of our consciousness and of our mind and of our life.I think a painting should include more experience than simply intended statement. I personally would like to keep the painting in a state of shunning statement, so that one is left with the fact that one can experience individually as one pleases." Jasper Johns

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Alberto Giacometti

"The more you fail, the more you succeed. It is only when everything is lost and - instead of giving up - you go on, that you experience the momentary prospect of some slight progress. Suddenly you have the feeling - be it an illusion or not - that something new has opened up."Alberto Giacometti In 2000, my favorite teacher at Davis loaned me a book called "A Giacometti Portrait" - it documented the artist Giacometti, painting a portrait of the book's author over several weeks. It was a painful process and because of that, a frustrating read. Regardless, I was fascinated and kept the book...not really on purpose, but maybe sort of. I've always felt bad for not returning...

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Thoughts on life and painting while watching paint dry:

The layers of a painting are fascinating to me. As I watch them develop I spend a lot of time internally philosophizing and I can't help but draw so many (admittedly kinda cheesy) parallels between the process, and life. Every painting goes through some shit layers. I'll put down a wrong color, or scrape something off too far, let it dry too much, not let it dry enough...a hundred different decisions that end up with something being off. But then the trick is to keep going, try another layer - and the process is delightful because I discover that had I not used that horrible magenta, the yellow I put over it wouldn't have represented as a unique brilliant orange....

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