David Hockney

i've gone on a bit of a david hockney bender lately - watcing a load of interviews and his documentary, the secret knowledge. and i just want to jot down a bunch of things he said that i liked.

he's the bees knees. he's thought a lot about what he does and he says exactly what he means. he says a lot of stuff i've been thinking but hadn't articulated 

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"Instead he feels, museums and galleries have jumped too willingly into the unmade bed of conceptual art where lights go on and off in a game of philosophical riddles. But Hockney says "the power is with images", and in neglecting them the artworld has diminished the very thing it aimed to protect: art."

 "the genre itself might be worn out; the way of looking at it might be worn out but the landscape itself can't be worn out. it needs re-looking at "

I want excitment in my life and I get excitment from stuff most people wouldn't....I'm well aware that rain on a puddle is a very exciting thing for me to watch but loads of other people think it's a bore.  

I don't get a lot of emails. I'm not running an efficiency business. 

the secret knowledge
optics don't make marks.
images made by two eyes and hand have a graphic pop that images made by optical means don't have - images made by optical means have a flatness.
 talking about the ghent altarpiece and the way you feel close to every part of evey panel of it: "everyone should feel a part of it."

"the reason you're painting is because you have something to share". (or something like that, i can't remember in which intervivew)

it isn't an owl; it's a human being looking at an owl. it's an account of a human being looking at an owl. so that's what thrills us. and there's more owl-ness there than in the stuffed owl.

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