|Christian Eckart. Detail Painting 541. 1991-93. Gold leaf on wood.|
Here, at last, the frame has engulfed the painting. Consumed the painting. Become the painting.
In the hands of contemporary artist Christian Eckart, the gold leaf that is traditionally the craft of framers, that traditionally surrounds and contains the art, is the art.
And in the process, it loses its machine-like perfection. Becomes the imperfections. The flaws. Becomes marked by the maker's hands.
It becomes the details.
Because "god is in the details." (Ludvig Mies Van der Rohe)