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

Published by Pete Ippel

Pete Ippel, the son of a dancer and a musician, was born in Oak Park, Illinois and has been surrounded by the arts since birth. He moved to Morris, Illinois in 1989 and started to participate in athletics rather than dance. After high school, Pete attended Cornell University where he received a BA in psychology and a BFA in photo / digital art making. He continued to follow his sporting dreams in the high jump, which culminated in a school record leap of 7 feet 1/2 inch in 2001. In May 2004 he attained an MFA degree in the New Genres department of the San Francisco Art Institute. Presently Pete is a practicing artist whose work is in numerous private collections and has been exhibited in New York, California, and internationally. Mr. Ippel resides in Working Artists Ventura, a sustainable artist community in southern California. In addition, he teaches art, is a web developer, an active blogger, and still high jumps from time to time. As a passionate problem solver and a pragmatic optimist, Pete’s art and his life are full of exciting challenges.

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  1. 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!

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