Wednesday, May 02, 2007

art is when one plus one equals seventy two

I enjoy reading the interviews by Robert Enright in Border Crossings magazine. His thoughtful questions to a wide variety of artists over the years has provided me with much to ponder. For instance, I love this insight by photographer Laura Letinsky in issue 99 in response to his comment "You wouldn't think the elements you put together could add up to such elegance and formal beauty."

"I think that art is alchemical if it is good. I think that not good art is not alchemical. One of the key tests for whether art is good is one plus one equaling 72. It isn't about putting this thing with this thing: It's not like making a sandwich. It's that you make it and it turns into a 4-layer truffle cake."

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