Sean Scully Reflects on His Audiences

The artist says you have to be sensitive and insensitive at the same time.
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Question: Who likes your art?

Scully:    Well, the primary audiences for my work are people who are interested in art that is demanding I think.  That serious, demanding spiritually based.  Has a lot of information in it, you wouldn’t find a lot of the people who are interested in descendants of Pop Art to be maybe embracing my work.

Question: How do you want audiences to react to your work?

Scully:    The way I am making my painting is very simple in a certain sense, it’s rudimentary, they look like carpets or walls or whatever simple construction.  Somebody said they were like Lego, so they are in fact a universal language like Lego that really has a basic universal building language so it’s very interesting remark but what I bring to it is the nuancing of relations.  The nuancing of the way things that come together, the way the plates of the world are abated.  The way things seat next to each other so really like a figurative painter I’m painting relationship and I want people to understand the universal possibility of how relationship are put together and how they can fit that into themselves and use it.  How they can really apply it.

Question: What is it like to be scrutinized?

Scully:    What I would say is this, that in order to be an artist you ask we what the winning mind set was.  Artistically, I think you have to be massively insensitive and extremely sensitive.  And how you do?  That is up to you.