Dan Colen — American Artist born on December 29, 1979,

Daniel Colen is an artist based in New York. His work consists of painted sculptures appropriating low-cultural ephemera, graffiti-inspired paintings of text executed in paint, and installations... (wikipedia)

It's such a weird self-confidence that an artist has - to conceive of this thing that serves no function and say, 'I'm going to really work hard for it and give it and it's just going to matter to people.' You really have to believe it all on your own.
All of these mechanisms we have for celebrating are so double-edged. So much sorrow comes out of joy.
Art is kind of the lens through which I think about God.
At the end of the day, you can't have a vision; you have to have a hope. This is where the miracle comes in.
I think that artworks are like these spiritual objects: I think that they have energies and powers beyond what the eye can see.