Quotes

For the following two quotes I thank Michele, a dear, longtime art-school friend, who understands the spring waters that fill my well:

I’ve taken different attitudes at different times. That allows different kinds of actions. In focusing your eye or your mind, if you focus in one way, your actions will tend to be of one nature; if you focus another way, they will be different. I prefer work that appears to come out of a changing focusnot just one relationship or even a number of them but constantly changing and shifting relationships to things in terms of focus.

—Jasper Johns

I am concerned with a thing’s not being what it was, with its becoming something other than what it is, with any moment in which one identifies a thing precisely and with the slipping away of that moment, with at any moment seeing or saying and letting it go at that.

—Jasper Johns

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