"My approach tends to be from experiments. I need the challenge. If I know how to do something well, there's no need to do it all the time because it becomes a little monotonous. So I like to find a challenge."
From the series, "Exclusive"
Interviewed in his Los Angeles studio, Paul McCarthy discusses the genesis of his "Black and White Tapes" (1970–75), a suite of 13 videos begun while he was a student at the University of Southern California (USC). Also featuring excerpts from the video "Ma Bell" (1971) and works in the exhibition "Central Symmetrical Rotation Movement—Three Installations, Two Films" (2008) at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Susan Sollins. Camera: Bob Elfstrom & Richard Numeroff. Sound: Doug Dunderdale & Merce Williams. Editor: Lizzie Donahue & Joaquin Perez. Artwork Courtesy: Paul McCarthy. Special Thanks: Whitney Museum of American Art.