PRINT February 1972

An Interview with John Chamberlain

In working with automobile bodies, did you intend any metaphorical reference?

No, they’re self-portraits. The portraiture had more to do with the balances and rhythms and spaces and areas and attitudes than it had to do with what one looked like. If you look at the sculptures, you can see that most all the sculptures I do, of one kind or another, have certain kinds of balance or rhythm that are characteristic of myself. That’s the way I feel about it; other people feel differently and read different things. I’ve heard those sculptures referred to as furniture of the highway—all sorts of things have been said about them. They put you in categories. They say de Kooning had been painting pictures of junkyards a long time before that. People compartmentalize my work and I don’t have anything to do with that. That’s their idea; whatever their ideas, I can’t concern myself. You know, it was just

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