"In the paintings where it's there—the tenderness—I work for it. I'm not afraid of it. If I could put my bleeding heart in there, I would."
"Why is there always irony in my work? It's just who I am. If I really let myself, if I don't have any really strict rules, the more I work on something the funnier it gets. It's kind of ironic humor, just kind of distanced. I find a lot of things funny...I have sometimes made a conscious attempt to try to see if I could do something really straight. And I can, but I don't feel likeI've gone as far as a I can with it. You know, I feel like I am there on a formal level, but somehow part of me is missing."
- Charles Atlas