Brief thoughts on the distance between amateur and expert. (11.29.2012)
As a student I would attend lectures at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. I’d sit there and listen to real pros talk about their work. But their logic never really connected for me. They’d describe a creative problem, and then flip to the next slide and begin explaining the jaw-droppingly beautiful solution they conceived. Honestly, I never understood how they got to their solutions. Seriously, I remember specifically thinking “How the hell did Stefan Sagmeister go from doodles in a notebook to photographing tubing in a swimming pool?” To this student, these professionals seemed to intellectually be on another level. It felt like their level of articulation and creative execution could only be achieved by nothing less than enlightenment. This excited me to no end.