Keith Haring with a radio set, Kutztown, Pennsylvania, 1969
Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic.
I don’t think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it.
When it is working, you completely go into another place, you’re tapping into things that are totally universal, completely beyond your ego and your own self. That’s what it’s all about.
The act of creation is a kind of ritual. The origins of art and human existence lie hidden in this mystery of creation. Human creativity reaffirms and mystifies the power of ‘life.’
Every time I make something I think about the people who are going to see it and every time I see something, I think about the person who made it…
I’d like to pretend that I’ve never seen anything, never read anything, never heard anything… and then make something…
“Keith Haring wrote, ‘You see that’s why I work like a dog and I worked like a dog all my life. I am not interested in the academic status of what I am doing because my problem is my own transformation. That’s the reason also why, when people say. ” Well you thought this a few years ago and now you say something else,” my answer is[laughter]” well, do you think that I have worked like that all those years and not be changed? This transformation of one’s self by one’s own knowledge is,I think something rather close to the aesthetic experience. Why should a painter work if he is not transformed by his own painting.”