… the passing of Charrette is the essence of the murder-suicide pact that all fine-art practitioners have with technology. Sculptures were first chiseled by stone, and then by harder and harder metals, and then—wait! We discovered that we could effortlessly sculpt clay and cast it! Painstaking painted portraiture segued to film photography that is yet sliding into fully digitized hyper-reality.
Art and craft done by hand and human effort alone has trended toward systems, mechanisms, and devices made by someone else’s hands that allow the crafter’s hands to spend less time in “busy work” and more time exploring the cutting edge of technique.
But despite our freakish focus on it, technique is not, in the end, creativity. Although definitively new, cutting edge is not necessarily better, so we are ever hungry for the Magic Thing that will render our insights perfected and explosively present for all to behold