Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Joy Of Displacement

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Commercial art 101, vocational edition, included the recommendation not to throw anything away for three years. It took a good six years to realize that much of the work that looked purely awful was just me working far ahead of my ability to render or to appreciate what I was trying to do. The new stuff looked like waste.

Waste has its place, and from time to time I learn a fundamental lesson anew. The dairy crate into which I sweep unloved and unwanted items from the inventory often also holds a solution for a new need. I have learned to shop the discards: simply rearranging things turns up new applications. The discovery phase encourages bold editing.


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