Quotations and aphorisms by Albert Oehlen:
If someone stands in front of one of my paintings and says, ‘This is just a mess’, the word ‘just’ is not so good, but ‘mess’ might be right. Why not a mess? If it makes you say, ‘Wow, I’ve never seen anything like that’, that’s beautiful.
I want to make beautiful paintings. But I don’t make beautiful paintings by putting beautiful paint on a canvas with a beautiful motif. It just doesn’t work. I expect my paintings to be strong and surprising.