+ I felt very
free to use the plastic fragments I'd started using in '77 in new forms. That
was almost a kind of punk gesture at the time, a little bit aimed against the
pieties of Land art, Minimalism, or whatever.
+ At some point weve
got to stop asking ourselves what is the meaning of everything, maybe its
not so very important what it means. Its probably more important what the
sense of it is.. they are two very basic and different things.
+ In the
'70s you could buy substantial works by extraordinary artists for a few thousand
dollars. There was hardly any contemporary work that cost more than that. There
were very few galleries. There were no television programs about art, nor was
it covered by every newspaper. Art was not perceived in a very big public framework.
My attitude is, I make the sculpture in the studio on my own terms on my own time,
and I want to see it go out of the studio and have its own existence whether it's
noticed or not.
+ I think the twentieth century is just that.. the process
of artists rushing through the world and finding some part of the non-art world
and bringing it into the art world, minus its context.
I always have rules about what I'm doing, and the game becomes to break the rules,
but on my own terms.
My life has been spent with this big wave of people in front of me. So at the
time I was very influenced by these artists' work, but I realized I didn't want
to make their work.