The Mess of Art

From Eddie Smith:

People spill soft drinks. People leave trails of sticky notes. People leave wires exposed. People go home at 8 PM with ring binders splayed across their desk. People dent aluminum unibodies and crack screens.

The human experience, so far, has been one of teasing art out of chaos. Workflows are a means to art. Creating art requires productivity, and productivity leaves a trail of unartistic excrement in its path.

I’ve always made more messes than art. In fact, it wasn’t until recently that I realized the messes were attempts at art. We are so focused on the beauty of our finished products that we ignore or deny the destruction it takes to get there. Don’t avoid the mess. Without it, you’ll never find the art.

2 Responses to The Mess of Art

  1. In some cultures, the definition of beauty aligns along the edge of imperfection. If something is imperfect, it’s not considered beauty. I heard once that Ray Charles made a deliberate mistake in each one of his compositions, along the lines of this idea. Don’t know if it’s true. Never looked it up because if it’s not, I don’t want this lovely idea shattered…

    • I don’t know if that is true or not (and also have no intention of looking it up). If it isn’t true, it should be. I envy the idea of making the mistakes deliberately, wish I could say that about my own errors :)

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