PRINT December 1970

An Interview with Larry Poons

HOW IMPORTANT WERE THE DRAWINGS to the dotted grid paintings?

Not important whatsoever.

But they were made and they do relate to them.

It’s like scaffolding, right. When the picture was finished, hopefully, the scaffolding wasn’t to be seen.

Like structure?

That’s a kind of simplistic idea of structure. If it’s on graph paper, people feel it’s structure. It’s no more structure than anything else. It’s just a lot of people began to think of structure in terms of if you can count them, if you can subtract them, if you can see the whole canvas divided equally, that’s structure. Now, that’s not structure. That’s just divisions. That’s not structure, at least not structure in the sense that a painting assumes structure if it’s a painting. A really nice, good painting has a structure, but it’s a structure that’s integral to the painting and not to any rules. Your experience of the painting is an

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