Paintings relate to both art and life. Neither can be made. (I try to act in that gap between the two.) John Cage
Goodbye, Oprah, was painted on the last day of her talk show. The white surfaces texture suggests clapping hands while the abstract color fields in the center, point to the crying eyes of a nation. In more active paintings like BOOMshakalakalaka, I use discordant color and space to create a feeling, vibration and visual impact. Black Tickle is a sort of map. Tar fields represent land that has been replaced by oil spills to form its own geography.
My favorite work is like an old friend Ive never seen. We are intimate, finding each other after a long conversation, way into the night. We patched things up after misunderstanding and now its all there, in the color and line, the arrangement of marks, the space that divides the field, the posture of the figures, the placement of the form and the mistakes.
Poet John Yau interviewed Bill Jensen in 2007 for Bomb Magazine. I love this interview. Here's a part of it.
Change is good for art but hard on the artist. I feel that serious artists go into the studio day after day and let the art slowly take them, sometimes kicking and screaming, into new territories. They let the making of things have its own life, and this living force brings them into areas of creating they could never have imagined. Solutions come from this working process. Sometimes you have the feeling that you are being pulled by a team of wild dogs. Looking back over 20 or 30 years, I could never have dreamt where these images came from and where the art has taken me. To make something truly amazing is to make something you could never have dreamt of.