PRINT November 1970

An Interview with Stephen Kaltenbach

DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF a conceptual artist?

Yes. I think most of the work is heavily weighted towards ideas and away from the visual. Most of my art is direct action. Art is traditionally shown in galleries and the folks who traditionally show it there are trying to make the showing system work with conceptual art. It seems to me to be a difficult thing to do because the gallery/museum setup is designed for an experience which is primarily savoured with the eye. For conceptual work, the taste buds are mostly in the mind.

I think that conceptual art is about art. It is an emphasis of a position of art, one way to look at art. New art is often an aspect of old art emphasized with the older percentage removed. I think there have always been concepts in an artist’s production. Praxiteles’ conception of the gods or Duchamp’s readymades, or the conception of the possibility of painting a painting

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