I’m interested in making sculpture that tries to describe itself to the world, work that acknowledges its maker and that offers an experience that’s probably more tactile and sensate than strictly cerebral. And I’m not embarrassed if beauty is occasionally part of the experience, although I’m suspicious of easy beauty for its own sake.
— Martin Puryear, Martin Puryear/John Elderfield
One does not actually create the form; one lets it become.
— Heinz Isler via The Art of Structural Design: A Swiss Legacy
I keep track of myself.
— Richard Serra, Art 21
The work was itself the information… I’m making a case for my own vision.
— Martin Puryear, Art 21
7 The artist’s will is secondary to the process he initiates from idea to completion…
12 For each work of art that becomes physical there are many variations that do not.
— Sol Lewitt, Sentences on Conceptual Art
Differences of spatial faith.
— Mark Rothko, “The Artist’s Reality: Philosophies of Art”
For were they not thoroughly convinced that reality is precisely as they conceive it, they could not convince us of that reality in their own work and we should have nothing at all.
— Mark Rothko, “The Artist’s Reality: Philosophies of Art”
The detailing of forms and their interrelationship is a personal choice.
— T. G. Beddall via Félix Candela: Engineer, Builder, Structural Artist
Shadows and dust.
— Proximo, Gladiator
More bigger. Bigger more.
— Michael Meredith
You see what you know.
You like what you understand.
— Moto of Jörg Schlaich
I felt like I never lived in the present as much as when I did this.
— Eve Aschheim
The difference between intent and meaning.
— Nicole Elder
Art functioned as proof.
— Michael Harris, “The Nineteenth Century: Imaged Ideology," Colored Pictures
Sailors fighting in the dance hall.
— David Bowie, “Life On Mars?”
De Alto Cedro, voy para Marcan.
Llego a Cueto, voy para Mayari.
— Buena Vista Social Club, “Chan Chan”
That was really tricky, I didn’t like that.
— Woman at Centre Pompidou
What he’s doing doesn’t seem rational, which makes me think it’s rational in a way I’m not privy to.
— Foreman, “Better Half," House
Why did she seem so abstracted?
— James Joyce, The Dead
But go slowly, so you do it right.
— Korczak Ziolkowski via The New York Times