In a recent biography on OvationTV, abstract and pop artist Robert Rauschenberg provided a description of the role New York City plays in his art. Anyone who loves the town has felt this way as they moved along the city streets.
Everything starts out on the street. And New York was, I thought, so incredibly rich in materials that whenever I started working instead of going to the paint store or anyplace else, I would just walk around the block. And if I didn’t have enough to start work if I walked around one block then I walked around another block.
For several years in my early twenties, New York was by far my best friend. No quality art came out of my walks, but I’m still working on a few things (including this post). It just takes some folks a few more blocks than others.