Notes from the Arts + Crafts Research Studio of Andrew Cornell Robinson
February 17 David Salle with Richard Milazzo In conversation at the New York Studio School
Richard Milazzo speaking about David Salle’s, Satori Three Inches within Your Heart, 1988; described it as “something like Carravagio’s Basement.” A wonderful mental image that motivated me to drive out to the painting studio after the lecture, and get to work on a painting that I am wrestling with. There was much discussion between the two men about the associations of the work. Milazzo seemed intent on trying to “figure it out” find meaning in the composed pictures. Salle was reluctant to explain the images, but reassured Milazzo that the impulse to find meaning in his work, and in painting is the same impulse that drives Salle when he is looking at pictures. Salle however didn’t spend much time focused on the “narrative” of the work. Rather he spoke a bit about the composition of images, on picture planes, in a rather formal way.