„Put a lot of paint & a wooden ball or other object on a board. Push to the other end of the board. Use this in a painting.“

ruler on board.
Book A (sketchbook), p 52, c 1964: as quoted in Jasper Johns, Writings, sketchbook Notes, Interviews, ed. Kirk Varnedoe, Moma New York, 1996, p. 58

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