Ken Price, L Red, 1963, Ceramic painted with lacquer and acrylic on wood base, 13 ½ x 12 x 10 in.
As far as I'm concerned, the explaining artist puts himself or herself in front of the work for the purpose of destroying the mystery of how it came into being. Borges said, "Rational explanation destroys the faith that art requires of us." That's for the viewers. For the artists, I think we need to have faith that the art experience can take place between the viewer and the work itself. [Ken Price, from "Ken Price: A Talk With Slides," Chinati Foundation Newsletter, October, 2005]
This quote was reprinted in the beautiful catalog, Ken Price, for the Ken Price retrospective at LACMA (coming soon to the Nasher Sculpture Center.