"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
"In all of the paintings, and especially the ones that I showed in New York at the end of 2005, there really is a form of poltergeist or animism inhabiting the scene. Many times it’s coming from an inanimate object, or sometimes it’s centralized within an animate object. But I’m more interested in that poltergeist being an inanimate object. I understand it to be a really theatrical moment, and it kind of makes me cringe sometimes when it nears itself to science fiction a bit or is sometimes seen that way. I try to suppress it a little bit by it never being too spectacular, just mildly- not overwhelmingly- present."
- Lari Pittman