I don’t mistrust reality, of which I know next to nothing. I mistrust the picture of reality conveyed to us by our senses, which is imperfect and circumscribed.
Gerhard Richter, Interview with Rolf Schön, 1972, in Hans-Ulrich Obrist, ed., Gerhard Richter: The Daily Practice of Painting. Writings and Interviews, 1962–1993 (London: Thames & Hudson and Anthony d’Offay Gallery, 1995), p. 73.
There’s a quote by Kant that I wanted to juxtapose with this, but I can’t find it at the moment – Richter seems to be reiterating Kant’s theory here.