"For us, the idea of having a work that has contradictions is very important—when, in affirming something, it includes itself and attacks itself. How can you put together all of these things that have nothing to do with each other? You use glue! Glue can be an idea, a word. You can use an ideological glue."
"’Initial’ (1989) is a relatively small painting on a thin panel. I had it sitting on a large easel in my studio and, to keep the panel off the bottom of the easel, I put two little wood pegs on the painting to lift it. I painted it and I kept seeing the little pegs of wood, and somehow the wood seemed to be part of the painting. So when I attached it to the wall, I put the two pegs underneath- slightly off angle. They weren’t exactly straight under the panel. So the pegs became an element of the painting, and the painting was glued to the wall along with the pegs."
- Robert Ryman