"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
"The cues for the basic color palette and figuration in ‘Attendant’ come from a very small Mexican retablo, a devotional painting on tin, dating from the mid- to late nineteenth century. It depicts a flagellated Christ...I reconfigured the central image but I had to refer to the retablo because I’ve rarely done figurative work. Before I could just look at nature and invent; here I needed an actual cue for figuration."
- Lari Pittman