I wanted to work in a way that would subvert a priori intentions.
I wanted to find a way to generate unpredictable, indeterminate consequences.
The first experiments were with ropes and rags, then thin felt, then heavy industrial felt.
Of course I had proposed the work Steam before using felt.
"The early felt works had multiple positions;
sometimes thrown on the floor and hung on the wall.
But once the works were photographed nobody wanted to hear about alternative positions.
And of course works on the wall are easier to deal with than things on the floor
so the wall option became the preferred position.
I supposethis illustrates Duchamp's remark about how art quickly loses its aesthetic smell."
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