Jasper Johns Quotes

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Jasper Johns Quotes

There may or may not be an idea, and the meaning may just be that the painting exists.
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I don't want my work to be an exposure of my feelings.

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Art is either a complaint or appeasement.

— Jasper Johns

In my early work, I tried to hide my personality, my psychological state, my emotions. This was partly due to my feelings about myself and party due to my feelings about painting at the time. I sort of stuck to my guns for a while but eventually it seemed like a losing battle. Finally one must simply drop the reserve.

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I think that one wants from a painting a sense of life. The final suggestion, the final statement, has to be not a deliberate statement but a helpless statement. It has to be what you can't avoid saying.

— Jasper Johns

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 confusion, or a freedom.

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

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I am not strong on perfection.

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

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

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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.

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

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Whatever I do seems artificial and false, to me.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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When you work you learn something about what you are doing and you develop habits and procedures out of what you're doing.

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Donald Judd spoke of a "neutral" surface, but what is meant? Neutrality must involve some relationship (to other ways of painting, thinking?) He would have to include these in his work to establish the neutrality of that surface. He also used "non" or "not" - expressive - this is an early problem - a negative solution or - expression of new sense - which can help one into - what one has not known. "Neutral" expresses an intention.

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I think through living one's life, one both changes and remains the same. One can see it either way, one can see oneself as being now what one was and one can see oneself as being absolutely different from what one was. It's a trick of thought.

— Jasper Johns

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