Lucas Samaras quotes

  • Making art is dealing with people on your own terms. The ideal way of using people is using them like clay, but that being out of the question, except for lunatics and leaders, art is a good alternative.
    -- Lucas Samaras

    #Art #Using People #Leader

  • The Greek word for box is kouti which also means stupid.
    -- Lucas Samaras

    #Stupid #Mean #Greek

  • ...I started photographing myself, and found that I could see portions of myself that I had never seen before. Since I face just my face in the mirror, I know pretty much what it's like. When I see a side-view I'm not used to it, and find it peculiar... So, photographing myself and discovering unknown territories of my surface self causes an interesting psychological confrontation.
    -- Lucas Samaras

    #Self #Views #Mirrors

  • If an artist does not have an erotic involvement with everything that he sees, he may as well give up. To be a human being may a very messy thing, but to be an artist is something else entirely, because art is religion, art is sex, art is society. Art is everything.
    -- Lucas Samaras

    #Art #Sex #Giving Up

  • I was my own Peeping Tom. Because of the absence of people I could do anything, and if it wasn't good I could destroy it without damaging myself in the presence of others. In that sense I was my own clay. I formulated myself, I mated with myself, and I gave birth to myself. And my real self was the product - the polaroids.
    -- Lucas Samaras

    #Real #Self #People

  • You don’t have to say that nature is aware of your existence, that God knows you are here. The camera gives you proof that you have lived at least once.
    -- Lucas Samaras

    #Giving #Joy #Suffering

  • The selfie era offers a big opening: everybody can do it; nowadays even five-year-olds know how to take a nude self-portrait.
    -- Lucas Samaras

    #Years #Self #Eras

  • I'm looking back at what I did and how it works. In a sense I'm waiting to see how people will respond. I'm waiting to see how you respond, without asking me to tell you what I think about it, because it is your job to give me an idea of how you go about thinking about this work. And if it's too absurd then, you know, I'll kick you out!
    -- Lucas Samaras

    #Thinking #People #Giving

  • I am my own investigation territory.
    -- Lucas Samaras

    #Territory #Investigation #My Own

  • At any rate, when I began photographing myself, I could place myself in poses that had not been investigated by other artists. It was an area other artists hadn't touched. Then, I went on from there. I manipulated my image - distorting it, brutalizing it. People thought I was mad, but I felt I had to tell these things. It gave me a kind of excitement.
    -- Lucas Samaras

    #Artist #People #Mad