"People buy these terrible pictures, but do they like them, or is it just all they have? We worked in this studio in Bayonne which was adjacent to a carpet warehouse. And people coming in there—you know, truck drivers, delivery men, people buying rugs—could see us working. And they would say, Listen, we want to buy this. One guy—a young guy—said, “I will pay you $1,000 for this picture.” One thousand dollars! And it was not a kitschy painting. It was a normal, elite painting. So there was a scent of something, but we couldn’t grasp it. There were not enough people."
- Alexander Melamid from “Blue Landscapes, Bewitching Numbers, and the Double Life of Jokes: An Interview With Komar and Melamid”