Pop Culture
Jun 08, 2015, 07:53AM

I Think the Answer Is in the Question

A 2015 BOMB magazine interview with visual artist Masha Tupitsyn vs. a 2015 Interview magazine interview with land artist Agnes Denes.

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Agnes Denes: What I did for my last act as a painter, if you call me a painter, was to photograph the weave of the canvas, and enlarge it and enlarge it until it became like a landscape. Now my fingers are not moving anymore.

Masha Tupitsyn: They’re couples, or more abstractly, binaries.

Denes: They get disoriented. Yes. It’s amazing.

Tupitsyn: I limit myself to one entry per day.


Denes: When we attended global conferences and talked about all the earth warming and the problems about climate change, nobody listened to us.

Tupitsyn: It isn’t reliable or embodied or physically located.

Denes: [Laughs] Most wonderful things are unconscious.

Tupitsyn: Which is about being and not being together.

Denes: Anything important has to be almost invisible. But that's unimportant, that's neither here nor there. How do all projects come about?

Tupitsyn: I think the answer is in the question.


Denes: People have too many problems during the day; they don't want to think.

Tupitsyn: It makes the failure of real-life masculinity tolerable by giving it a fantasy double.

Denes: I wish I could. I got this strange little monster.

Tupitsyn: Yet the awareness of precarity, and how to respond to it appropriately, is the way of love.

Denes: Mostly I’m learning. But I have to, to know that I don't want it.


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