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" There has to be an element of risk-taking for me in my work. "
" I love all dots. I am married to many of them. I want all dots to be happy. Dots are my brothers. I am a dot myself. "
" A negative is never finished. "
" Light is a metaphoric thing. There is green light and red light. Then there is black light, which is mostly danger. "
" Mostly, drawings are things I make for myself - I do them in sketchbooks. They are mental experiments - private inner thoughts when I'm not sure what will come out. "
" I've never been interested in philosophy, but some of Jung's ideas seem useful in helping people understand pictures and so forth. "
" The conventional definition of reality, and the idea of 'normal life', mean nothing. "
" When I came to the West, I saw many, many things for the first time. But I also saw the prosperity of the West critically. It wasn't really Heaven. "
" Because I was traveling a lot during the '70s, the only thing I could do on the road was take photographs, so there wasn't much painting during those years. "
" I began drawing as a very young child and had a grandfather who experimented with photography, so those things constituted my first exposure to art. "
" We were very poor and my family lost everything during the war - our home and our identity. But I'm a believer in luck and think the social conditions you're born into provide the opportunity for you to prove your luck. And I suppose I've been lucky. "
" Yes, my works... are enshrined in museums, but I don't care if the pieces fall apart in 20 years. "
" Picabia is a very old painter who some people try to connect me to, but I refuse such comparisons very well. "
" When I was young, I was interested in Renaissance art. "
" As a child, I copied Duerer drawings and Bruegel. "
" By making pictures, you learn the many different properties of photography. I use those properties differently than, say, an advertising agency would, but we're both operating in the same reality. A face painted by Picasso occupies the same reality as a portrait by Stieglitz. "