When you really think about it, don’t we
start on the floor, when you’re an infant? And slowly we rise a little bit and finally
we can stand and then maybe we can walk but we start on the floor, so I just wound up
where I started. I work on location, you know, very much in the movie sense. I’m not a studio artist, I’m a location artist. I’ve said mostly just the world is my studio. I work where I’m going to have the show or the exhibition. When I first started I did make drawings and
things like that, but I found when I arrived at the place I was going to make the show,
at the gallery or whatever that I had to rip up my drawings anyway and start from the beginning. So I said, rather than trying to recreate what you had imagined in the studio I’d much rather go to the place and react or act with the materials and the location where it is. I have, over the years, minimised structure as much as possible in my work. I mean, the typical pieces made of squares of metal, very often they’re not joined together permanently,
they’re just laid out. I don’t think I’ve ever made a serious sculpture in which the parts were fixed together in any way. I always assure people, there are no ideas hidden under those plates, those are just metal plates. They’re sitting there on the floor minding their own business. They’re not thinking, they’re free of ideas and it’s just an experience. One Monday morning, the big headline on this tabloid newspaper was: what a load of rubbish. It was on the television and everything how outrageous this work was, you can’t make art
out of bricks. People saying, you can’t that’s terrible, it’s an outrage. Americans understand the way Europeans and English don’t bad publicity is as good as good publicity. It’s not whether it’s nice. I mean, if they say it’s nice and that’s all, it’s no good. If they go on for hours and hours saying how terrible it is, that’s good. I have a theory that when kids learn to read they start making art because something has to mean something. Works of art don’t mean anything, they are realities. What does reality mean? It’s there. Because our culture tends to turn everything into language we lose sight of the actual being of things. When I was a kid at school, you know how you have an art period, I loved doing art and when I told anybody, of course everybody loves doing art, that’s play, that’s play. Yes, it’s play, but it’s very important, serious play. We are surrounded by stimulus and we are always responding to it one way or another so I think my work is an expression of some of my earliest experiences as much art is.