Asher Chapter 4

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S.R. No, it was perfectly answered. What I was trying to ask is how you see your approach onto this work. I would like to come a little bit more to, maybe to the beginning of your work, as you started as an artist. Is it possible to say something like that influenced you very strongly or what was something like a starting point for your work. Maybe literature or an art or in the world in general, I don't know...

M.A. It's very hard, very hard. ... Certainly contemporary works of art and pretty much the dilemma that I saw within them, and just the pragmatics of ... I can't say it. I just go into saying the ... I just really want to somehow demonstrate a response to the questions I have about works of post-war and the tendency of post-war modernism. So that was one of the more important driving forces. Let me look... because actually I have written about this. But I think I've kept it away from ... There is also this ... The war was ramping up. There is a need to realize that pretty much that I, as a younger person, had to find alternatives to a very entrenched way of thinking that lead us into the war. I felt that anybody that could ought to give it a try at least; so that was another reason. The art really attempted to constitute itself by using pre-existing elements that people were already familiar with within architectural space early on and could read and were not abstracted from other, some other personal choice, necessarily – individual choice and decisions – which were much harder to read. What happened is, of course, that the work of art was understood by the elements around it, contextually, and also there is, I should say, there was another force. It wasn't all cut and dry like I make it seem because there is a very it was intuitive force, where I wasn't sure of what I was doing, I just had to produce and produce and produce to get an idea of what I was doing, and make a lot of mistakes, and that was also another way of shaping what I wanted to do. ... So that's where it #...

S.R. Shall I continue with the next question, or?

M.R. Well, I'm sure there is a lot more there. I just ... (laughs) but it's very hard to get a hold of it.

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