Sunday, 15 November 2009

If you cannot eliminate an undesired distortion, you can amplify the distortion until it IS a desirable element.

Didn’t Beaudelaire talk about distortion in terms of beauty?

That which is not slightly distorted lacks sensible appeal; from which it follows that irregularity – that is to say, the unexpected, surprise and astonishment, are a essential part and characteristic of beauty

He also said:

Strangeness is the indispensable condiment of all beauty.

I’m pretty sure, given those two quotes, that Beaudelaire must not have been a modern American citizen.

When working on an artwork, sometimes it’s just not possible to repair an imperfection without destroying the only valuable thing in the work. In these cases don’t forget that you have the option to amplify the imperfection.

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

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