I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings. That's art to me.
The process I go through in the art and the architecture, I actually want it to be almost childlike. Sometimes I think it's magical.
Architecture is like a mythical fantastic. It has to be experienced. It can't be described. We can draw it up and we can make models of it, but it can only be experienced as a complete whole.
You really can't function as a celebrity. Entertainers are celebrities. I'm an architect. I'm an artist. I make things.
Even though I build buildings and I pursue my architecture, I pursue it as an artist. I deliberately keep a tiny studio. I don't want to be an architectural firm. I want to remain an artist.
I loved logic, math, computer programming. I loved systems and logic approaches. And so I just figured architecture is this perfect combination.
I probably spent the first 20 years of my life wanting to be as American as possible. Through my 20s, and into my 30s, I began to become aware of how so much of my art and architecture has a decidedly Eastern character.
I left science, then I went into art, but I approach things very analytically. I choose to pursue both art and architecture as completely separate fields rather than merging them.
Warmth isn't what minimalists are thought to have.
In art or architecture your project is only done when you say it's done. If you want to rip it apart at the eleventh hour and start all over again, you never finish. I was one of those crazy creatures.
Art is very tricky because it's what you do for yourself. It's much harder for me to make those works than the monuments or the architecture.
For the most part things never get built the way they were drawn.
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