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20 years ago, as a student, I used to type (on a typewriter!) notable quotes on 3” x 5”
cards and tack them up around my studio. A few months ago I was digging through
an old box and came across one that had survived. I thought it would be as good
a reminder now as then what this whole art business is really about it, so I
stuck it above my door, along with a picture of a certain dead guru-type dude for
whom I hold a certain informal affection. 
I can’t think of any statement that better sums up my own aesthetic, and
operational/aspirational life-art philosophy…

“Our intention is to affirm this life, not to bring order out of chaos
or to suggest improvements in creation, but simply to wake up to the very life
we’re living, which is so excellent once one get’s one’s mind and one’s desires
out of the way and lets it act of its own accord.”

John Cage, 1961




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