Behind creative work there’s a centripetal force or type of gravity. In the creative world we call it scenius, a communal genius or type of intelligence that only groups or places can create.
Centripetal force (from Latin centrum “center” and petere “to seek”) is a force that makes a body follow a curved path whereas centrifugal force (from Latin centrum “center” and fugere “to flee”) is the force that draws a rotating body away from the center of rotation.
When it comes to creativity both centrifugal and centripetal forces are important (you representing what is centrifugal or wanting to fly out and the scene or creative community what is centripetal or centered wanting to help you out). Both counteract and feed into each other.
I love this book because it’s a reminder that good work isn’t created in a vacuum and that, at some point, you have to show your work. To center what is communal- benefiting and belonging to all- but also to push it out.
Kleon, Austin. Show Your Work! N.p.: Workman, Incorporated, 2014. Print. www.austinkleon.com
Showing my work is a natural propensity but makes it difficult is that I share it selectively. I get caught on image of perfection and tidiness; of wanting to create and measure up but not wanting the mess, or others to see the mess; of wanting conversation and community but not wanting the entropy.
Which, I guess, is another reason to love this book: it’s a reminder that showing your work isn’t just where you find fellowship and feedback, more community, but release; it’s how we expand our bandwidth as whole human beings.