Creative in the fuzziness

At the excellent Franz Gertsch exhibition at the Kunsthaus last weekend, I was impressed by how his paintings were so photo-realistic from a distance, but almost abstract up close. Gertsch works from large projections of photographs, and where the photos get fuzzy, he gets creative.

Especially in contrast to the high-concept, low-craft art in other exhibits, it reminded me that when you are designing, or portraying, a relatively staid or well-known idea, you can always innovate in the details. And when you do so consistently across a work, the overall experience is markedly different from someone who worked differently at the small scale.