In order to create a primal sensation of an object I need to find a way to remove all the intelligent ideas you project over what you see. If I just painted a picture of an object you would recognise the image that I portray, and you will also project an idea that allows you to recognise my work as a painting. Painting an image, or just using runs and dribbles of paint, or even minimal work is not, therefore, going to create a primal sensation from the depth of your mind.
Creating sculpture, music and dance will fail for the same reason. You possess well-established ideas that will suppress the primal experience of these objects in your mind. You will look to recognise an arrangement of control and organisation that the artist has given to the work. If I present a ready-made object as art (a urinal, a dead shark, or whatever) this will remove your idea of artistic workmanship (anyone could place a ready-made in an art gallery) but doing this will not disturb the intelligent ideas you possess that you use everyday to recognise ready-made objects. To get an object to generate a primal sensation from your mind I need to find a way to stop you projecting all these established ideas that you have learned to impose over your view of what confronts you.
To try to do this I have created empty boxes. These boxes are not the art objects but only containers that would, if the objects were in them, store the works. The works are missing and I try to make the shapes unrecognisable so that you will find yourself with no idea to apply to what these art objects looked like. You cannot give them any form of recognition through your powers of intelligence and so, hopefully, you will be forced to think about the missing objects in an intuitive and instinctive way.
This is not an ideal solution but, at this present time, whilst I can stop you placing an established idea over the art object I cannot think of a way to stop you recognising the boxes themselves. These works are an improvement upon the concept of the ready-made because the problem with any ready-made is that you hold well established ideas to give recognition to what you see. I have, at least denied you this path that would allow you to suppress the primal sensation of a (missing) art object. However, I am still faced with finding a way to stop you recognising the storage devices. Until I find a way to do this a true artistic experience, generated in your mind by your animal sense of instinct, will be suppressed because you will call up an idea to give recognition to the box. The idea of a box will, therefore, help you ignore the primal sensation that I want you to encounter in the presence of my works. I am searching for a way to stop you using any intelligent ideas about what confronts you, so that you will look in an original and inherent way at an object. I have, as yet, been unable to do this.
I have been exploring this concept most of my life because I believe we have evolved a state of mind that works all the time to stop us sensing in an old primal way that must have revealed our surroundings to our ancestors as a direct sensation. We still inherit this view but we all learn to suppress it from a very early age. We seem to have evolved into creatures who have 'forgotten' how to look at objects and events as they could be seen if we could stop our intelligence suppressing our old direct powers of observation.
If I could solve this problem then my work would create an object that would remain outside of your intelligent ability to recognise what confronts you. You would be faced with an object you would possess no intelligent way to recognise and, therefore, you would be forced to sense what you see through your old inherent powers of instinct. I believe it is this experience that modern art arose to try to explore.