it’s genetic, a chemical thing. for me it’s a force of habit. the brain has been wired to be comfortable with putting things out there. to let the work be itself.
— mike perry on art and the creative process
It’s not art if the world (or at least a tiny portion of it) isn’t transformed in some way. And it’s not art if it’s not generous. And most of all, it’s not art if there’s no risk. The risk isn’t the risk of financial ruin (though that might be part of it). No, the risk is the risk of rejection. Of puzzlement. Of stasis. Art requires the artist to care, and to care enough to do something when he knows it might not work.
Picasso always saw the creative act in terms of the procreative act. he would use one to fortify the other.
— John Richardson
I feel that works of art are opportunity for people to construct meaning, so I don’t usually tell what they mean. It conveys to people that they have to participate.
— Jasper Johns
Who needs heaven? I only feel my best when I’m working.
— The wonderful artist Ellsworth Kelly
Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.
— Andy Warhol