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All the gossip and craziness becomes a kind of sustained narrative which, in turn, can become history. It's scary.
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Although my art work was heavily informed by my design work on a formal and visual level, as regards meaning and content the two practices parted ways.
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As with the Princess Di crash, which sent the media on the most insane feeding frenzy. From the moment of the crash, the pornography of sentiment never let up.
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Direct address has been a consistent tactic in my work, regardless of the medium that I'm working in.
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Do you know why language manifests itself the way it does in my work? It's because I understand short attention spans.
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I did turn to reading it was with the pleasure of a determined autodidact.
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I don't necessarily think that installation is the only way to go. It's just a label for certain kinds of arrangements.
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I feel uncomfortable with the term public art, because I'm not sure what it means. If it means what I think it does, then I don't do it. I'm not crazy about categories.
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I had to figure out how to bring the world into my work.
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I had to get a job. I had to support myself. I thought I would be an illustrator or work at magazines or be a graphic artist.
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I just say I'm an artist who works with pictures and words.
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I know that's what happens when I see a work that gets to me, something I really admire.
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I mean, I try to figure out ways for the work to be most effective. The best ways for it to make its presence felt. And I have no complaints.
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I mean, making art is about objectifying your experience of the world, transforming the flow of moments into something visual, or textual, or musical, whatever. Art creates a kind of commentary.
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I really don't know where my sense of language came from. Neither of my parents was very verbal, but my mother has a nice sense of humor.
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I really have a very short attention span. I watch TV and think that commercials shouldn't be longer than 10 seconds at the most.
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I started writing poetry and did readings for a few years in the early '70s. I was also making large painted and stitched objects which were very labor-intensive.
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I think I developed language skills to deal with threat. It's the girl thing to do-you know, instead of pulling out a gun.
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I think people have to set up little battles. They have to demonize people whom they disagree with or feel threatened by. But it's the ideological framing of the debate that scares me.
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I think that every so-called history book and film biography should be prefaced by the statement that what follows is the author's rendition of events and circumstances.
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I think the art world is kind of mellow around this stuff compared to the music and movie businesses.
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I think there are different ways of being rigorous, and I am asking people to be as rigorous in their pleasure as in their criticism.
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I think there are lots of ways to make good work. You can throw big bucks at a project and make what some would call crap, or you can work very modestly with eloquently moving results.
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I think what I'm trying to do is create moments of recognition. To try to detonate some kind of feeling or understanding of lived experience.
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I try to deal with the complexities of power and social life, but as far as the visual presentation goes I purposely avoid a high degree of difficulty.
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I want people to be drawn into the space of the work. And a lot of people are like me in that they have relatively short attention spans. So I shoot for the window of opportunity.
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I want the whole effect to be both compelling and funny. And using these well-known proper names connects to the show at Mary's, which also focuses on proper names as well as iconography.
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I wanted things to be real conversational, so I wrote stuff in that tone. I'm always listening to people, what they say and how they say it. So I had lots of material to work with.
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I was really fortunate to be able to realize this large project in such a dense urban setting. It's the kind of opportunity I would never get here in the States.
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I wasn't good at client-based production. I wasn't good at solving other people's problems. I had come to the point where I wanted to start defining myself through my work.
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I'd always been a news junkie, always read lots of newspapers and watched the Sunday morning news shows on TV and felt strongly about issues of power, control, sexuality and race.
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I'm an artist who works with pictures and words. Sometimes that stuff ends up in different kinds of sites and contexts which determine what it means and looks like.
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I'm doing a series of metal and mosaic floor markers for five new buildings at the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University.
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I'm living my life, not buying a lifestyle.
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I'm trying to deal with ideas about histories, fame, hearsay, and how public identities are constructed.
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I've always hated cartoons and animation, but this stuff is brilliant. The writing on "The Simpsons" and on "King of the Hill" is just so quick and so good.
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I've always thought that it's good to watch the news to find out what everybody else is looking at and believing, if only because that's how consensus is constructed.
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I've been very lucky. Also it's really expensive to make work. It took me years to save enough money to make this show. People don't even think about that.
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If most American cities are about the consumption of culture, Los Angeles and New York are about the production of culture - not only national culture but global culture.
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It entered the visual vocabulary of photographers, painters and sculptors and focused on what pictures and words look like and what they can mean.
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It's good to keep in mind that prominence is always a mix of hard work, eloquence in your practice, good timing and fortuitous social relations. Everything can't be personalized.
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Listen: our culture is saturated with irony whether we know it or not.
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Look, we're all saddled with things that make us better or worse. This world is a crazy place, and I've chosen to make my work about that insanity.
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Prominence is cool, but when the delusion kicks in it can be a drag. Especially if you choose to surround yourself with friends and not acolytes.
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Stuff about going to work, feeling good, feeling bad, being in love, etc.
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The brevity of the text is about cutting through the grease. I just want to address people in a very forthright manner. It is why I always use pronouns, because they cut through in the same way.
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The sculptures have the look of classically carved white marble statuary.
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The texts are both conversational and direct address, and they change about every 10 seconds. There are also three tunnels which contain film loops.
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There are so many moments and works that influence us in what we do. Movies, music, TV and, most importantly, the profound everydayness of our lives.
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There's a moment of recognition. It's that white-light kind of stuff that just "works." I love that. And you know it when it happens, whether it's a movie, music, a building, a book.
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They didn't see that we're part of a speculative construct which needs art stars and their output but is also at the whim of the larger economic picture.
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Things change and work changes. Right now I like the idea of enveloping a space and getting messages across that connect to the world in ways that seem familiar but are different.
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Warhol's images made sense to me, although I knew nothing at the time of his background in commercial art. To be honest, I didn't think about him a hell of a lot.
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We were working with land around the existing museum, and were thinking of things like the collision of so-called nature with so-called culture.
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What makes the production of my work so expensive? The whole installation thing - the construction, the objects, the technology. It really adds up.
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When the art market crashed at the end of the '80s and works were suddenly selling for less, there were artists who took this personally.
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You don't have to live in New York to get on with your career. When I first taught at CalArts in the early '80s, many students felt they had to head east.
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You know, one of the only times I ever wrote about art was the obituary of Warhol that I did for the Village Voice.
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