I have no regrets. My life is squares, triangles, lines.
It is what I do that teaches me what I'm looking for.
In conceptual art, the idea or the concept is the most important aspect of the work. When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes a machine that makes the art.
David Bull, ukiyo-e woodblock printer, in a video interview by Andrés Rodriguez Cortés:
When it comes to developing ability at something, a craft like this, or perhaps at a sport, anything really, we commonly hear people talking about such things as “it takes ten thousand hours” as though it were simply a matter of spending enough time and making enough repetitions. But that’s not true. […]. It’s no good spending ten thousand hours on practice if you’re going to simply spend the same hour ten thousand times.
You have to be constantly probing and investigating everything you do. Why did it turn out this way? What was wrong? What do I have to do to make it better next time? Each and every one of those ten thousand hours or whatever the magic number might be has to be spent in such analysis. Mindless repetition, no matter how long, will get you nowhere.
Jean-Michel Jarre on creativity:
Technology, and the Internet also, make you think that everything has been done. You wake up with a fresh idea, and you check on the Internet, and by noon you think that it's a very old idea that has been done a million times.
And it's not true. Or it's not more or less true that [it was] twenty years ago, one century ago.
It's not because an idea has been thought by somebody else that your idea is not original because it's your own interpretation of the idea that is going to make your idea specific and original.
Because an idea has no value until you engage yourself to it and you realize it. For instance you take any kind of [creator], like Quentin Tarantino or deadmau5 or Coldplay or whoever. I mean, if you think about it, what they are telling us is not new. You can have a song about love, about solitude, a movie about bad guys against good guys, but these are very old concepts. We are telling the same stories for centuries.
There is nothing new in terms of human feelings, human emotions; they are the same generation after generation. It's just the tools we are using; and also if you are telling a story and if I tell the same story, what's going to be interesting or not is the way you are going to tell the story.
So it's not a matter of saying that there is nothing new that I can achieve.