"I got very interested in the idea that if two things share an edge, you're going to consider them one painting...I was thinking of Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, maybe the greatest painting of this century. It has so many different types of painting going on. I've always loved it, since my days as a guard at The Modern. So, I thought, if I put one kind of structure in this canvas, and another kind in this canvas, and I paint this canvas one way and this one another. Then I started separating them so they were only touching on one point. And I kept trying to figure out how far I could go and still make this dialogue exist"
(Robert Mangold, quoted in, R. Shiff, Robert Mangold, New York, 2000, p. 246).