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"Try to do some BAD work – the worst you can think of and see what happens but mainly relax and let everything go to hell – you are not responsible for the world – you are only responsible for your work – so DO IT"

Sol Lewitt to Eva Hesse via outerstace

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"Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool…And stop worrying about big, deep things such as “to decide on a purpose and way of life, a consistant [sic] approach to even some impossible end or even an imagined end” You must practice being stupid, dumb, unthinking, empty. Then you will be able to DO!"

Sol Lewitt to Eva Hesse via outerstace

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"We endeavor to maintain our office as an open, collaborative environment with exceptionally smart, talented people. Their ideas and conversations fuel the work and are part of a critical working dialogue. I cannot imagine working without that. And regardless of its direct correlation to criticism or philosophy or theory, I would argue that the work is an intelligent result of those conversations.
The conversations are generally based on continuing fascination with the essential issues within each project. We find enough in the realities and unrealities and materials of the projects, and life situations in general, to fuel the work."

— Mack Scogin

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"Time is the raw material of creation. Wipe away the magic and myth of creating and all that remains is work: the work of becoming expert through study and practice, the work of finding solutions to problems and problems with those solutions, the work of trial and error, the work of thinking and perfecting, the work of creating. Creating consumes. It is all day, every day. It knows neither weekends nor vacations. It is not when we feel like it. It is habit, compulsion, obsession, vocation. The common thread that links creators is how they spend their time. No matter what you read, no matter what they claim, nearly all creators spend nearly all their time on the work of creation. There are few overnight successes and many up-all-night successes."

Kevin Ashton via Keith Weaver

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"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."

— Ray Kroc

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"Half of your job in this studio is doing your work, the other half of your job is communicating that it’s been done. Because if you do it, and I don’t hear about it, how do I know what’s going on? I’m not trying to control everything, but in an intimate work environment, where we’re really trying to develop something complex, a nod, saying, ‘I got it,’ helps moves things along."

— Tom Sachs

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"One of the ways of understanding the word bricolage, historically, is to ‘putter about.’ There’s something about puttering about, and half working on something and getting lost in the subconscious. I’m very disciplined, but when I allow my mind to wander in those places, I sometimes solve problems that I was stuck on. I think it’s very important to think calmly. Every idea equals a certain number of man-hours. You’ve got to really take your time before you choose red duct tape instead of silver."

— Tom Sachs

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"I thank the Lord every day that he allows me to work."

— James Brown (via Tom Sachs)

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My favorite thing to talk about is work…I feel so lucky I get to make stuff all the time. The reward for work is more work.

I work seven days a week. My girlfriend is completely freaked out and horrified by this. She wants to do nothing some days. I understand how that’s important for some people, but for me I just want to putter around, and in a way get lost in the studio.

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— Tom Sachs

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"I’m a full-time believer in writing habits, pedestrian as it all may sound. You may be able to do without them if you have genius but most of us only have talent and this is simply something that has to be assisted all the time by physical or mental habits or it dries up and blows away. I see it happen all the time. Of course you have to make your habits in this conform to what you can do. I write only about two hours every day because that’s all the energy I have, but I don’t let anything interfere with those two hours, at the same time and the same place. This doesn’t mean I produce much out of the two hours. Sometimes I work for months and have to throw everything away, but I don’t think any of that was time wasted. Something goes on that makes it easier when it does come well. And the fact is if you don’t sit there every day, the day it would come well, you won’t be sitting there."

— Flannery O’Connor, in a letter to Cecil Dawkins on Sept. 22, 1957 via Brooke