"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
"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