alexander calder

Alexander Calder on Writing

The universe is real but you can’t see it. You have to imagine it. Once you imagine it, you can be realistic about reproducing it.

Each element can move, shift or sway back & forth in a changing relation to each of the other elements in the universe. Thus, they reveal not only isolated moments, but a physical law or variation among the elements of life. Not extractions, but abstractions. Abstractions which resemble no living things except by their manner of reacting.

I paint with shapes.

The simplest forms in the universe are the sphere and the circle. I represent them by disks and then I vary them. My whole theory about art is the disparity that exists between form, masses and movement. Even my triangles are spheres, but they are spheres of a different shape.

That others grasp what I have in mind seems unessential, at least as long as they have something else in theirs.

With a mechanical drive you can control the thing like the choreography in a ballet and superimpose various movements.. a great number, even, by means of cams and other mechanical devices.

My fan mail is enormous. Everyone is under six.

I’ve never been to the Statue of Liberty but I understand it’s quite wonderful to go into it, to walk through.

To an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist, there’s no such thing as perfect.

It whirls, it whirls.

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May 5th, 2012 / 2:00 pm