I’ve been looking a lot at the underground cartoon makers. They have a sort of exuberance and precision, and that extreme expressiveness of their outlines… I would say sixty, seventy per cent of the images in this piece are direct outlines from Robert Crumb. I think it should be said that this work is an homage to Robert Crumb, to a great American artist….
I wanted my figures to have a sort of quality of exuberance and the energy of American life and the fatality and rawness of it and the sort of dumbness about it too and the animal-like quality which is very well depicted in Crumb’s drawings, as well as the aspect of madness, the ecstatic factor."
Öyvind Fahlström, quoted in Jane Livingston’s “Oyvind Fahlstrom” in Maurice Tuchman’s Art and Technology: A report on the Art and Technology Program of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1967-1971. Source.