Jasper Johns on artists

This is taken from a recent post on Makoto Fujimura’s Refractions blog.

    The aim of an artist as a creative individual, Jasper Johns suggested recently, is to do ‘something a little more worthwhile than oneself.’…To be worth more, you would need to change in a fundamental way — change your life — or, at the least, experience change and become a channel for its communication.

The quote was taken from a Richard Shiff essay for the Gray Exhibit catalog. Fujimura correctly notes how this humble (and, I would add, charitable) approach to art-making flies in the face of the egotism found in today’s art world. He then goes on to laud humility as a way to open up new vistas of creativity for an artist.

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Jasper John’s Map 1961

Image from Wikipedia.

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Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at pcNielsen.com.

One Response to Jasper Johns on artists

  1. JJ says:

    do you know what Jasper Johns attention of this art wok is?

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