Jasper Johns and Studio Practice

Inspiration from old Xerox copies I’ve been sorting through…Here’s a bit from Jasper Johns’ sketchbook from 1965.

One thing working one way
Another thing working another way.
One thing working different ways
at different times.

Take and object.
Do something to it.
Do something else to it.
” ” ” ” ”

Take a canvas.
Pt a mark on it.
Put another mark on it.
” ” ” ” ”

Make something.
Find a use for it.
Invent a function.
Find an object.

From “Material Culture and Everyday Life” Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art : A Sourcebook of Artists’ Writings
by Kristine Stiles; Peter Howard Selz


  • Jeannie

    I love that! I didn’t know it was JJ who said it! Did you check out my note on FB- artists essential reading? Maybe you contributed when I complied it a couple of years ago? Hope you are well!

  • Bruno

    Always wonderful to see in the mind of such an artist !

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