“ I start with paradigms I know I can’t fufill, so I am setting myself up for failure every time, every time for a deeper fall… For me, what makes a painting is a mixture of authority and freedom, where it really just wants to be itself, where there is no justification, or explanation, or anything like that. Where it’s just what it is for whatever reason.”
“…Everything about beauty is what you struggle with as an artist; beauty is so attractive, but it’s also what limits us more than anything else. So you have to create a form of interest that goes beyond that. As we know, it cannot be ugly either, because ugliness is the other side, the other extreme of beauty. You have to really find a way of maneuvering. For me, that’s where the sabotage comes in. When you create something indifferent and destroy, transform, and manipulate that into something you can’t quite read anymore, but that has a strong feeling of atmosphere, then you have created something new; this process of extraction is actually quite brutal. I find that when I start working again, I always have to get to the point where I disrespect my work.”
“You’re like a druggie that gets addicted to the high of creating something, to creating all this weird shit.”
And here are some other paintings I have discovered recently that are really doing it for me...