John Baldessari
[Artist, b. 1931, National City, California, lives in Venice, California.]

 Ideally I would like the work to be a hybrid between painting and photography. 
 I didn’t see painters doing paintings of glassware and glass shelves or sand dunes and receding snow fences. Why does that interest photographers and not artists? 
 Probably one of the worst things to happen to photography is that cameras have viewfinders. 
 There’s no such thing as a bad photograph. 
 I want to produce images that startle one into recollection. 
 Photos should suggest a word(s) and vice versa. They should be equal and interchangeable. 
 I tend to think of words as substitutes for images. I can never seem to figure out what one does that the other doesn’t do. 
 I have no particular allegiance to photography, other than it’s quick. 
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