May 15, 2022: Half-baked in just the right way

I've been a fan of the artist Tom Sachs for a long time. I think I discovered him in the same way many others did: through the Ten Bullets video, shortly after it found its way on to the internet just over a decade ago.

In the past few weeks my dayjob has given me a bit of an excuse to revisit Sachs' work and I guess what you'd call his philosopy, and I've really enjoyed dipping into his world again.

This time around though I think I've taken something different away from it.

Previously I think I was a little bit in awe to the regimented approach Sachs has to his studio - and that's something I do a lot: latch on to systems and rules. But I think the really valuable lesson Sachs offers is actually one of imperfection and 'doing things wrong'.

If you read enough interviews with Sachs you'll see that he talks a lot about doing the 'right wrong thing' and the 'perfection of 'imperfection'.

Coincidentally, Seth Godin published a blog post this week on the value of half-baked ideas, using Peter Jackson's Get Back flm and the interaction between Paul and John as an example: "Because the half-baked work, shared in a trusting environment, is the fuel for the system that created the works of genius."

Sachs' point and Godin's message are slightly different, but they hang on the same overarching premise I think: reaching for perfection (or even just 'the right thing') kills creativity and collaboration.