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.


Jasper John’s Map 1961

Image from Wikipedia.


About pcNielsen
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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