WABI SABI: impermanence, imperfection and the accidental
March 15th - April 12th, 2014 Alter Space Gallery 1158 Howard Street SF, CA 94103
Participating Artists: Timothy Armstrong Alexis Arnold Jennifer Brandon Caroline Hayes Charuk Adam Donnelly & David Janesko Alicia Escott Rodney Ewing Laura Boles Faw Peter Foucault & Chris Treggiari Julia Goodman Clint Imboden Kim Kei Kija Lucas Kent Manske & Eric Kneeland Nigel Poor Zachary Royer Scholz Dimitra Skandali Claudia Tennyson Tobias Tovera Rhonda Weppler & Trevor Mahovsky
Wabi Sabi is a Japanese school of aesthetics inspired by Taoist and Buddhist philosophies that embraces the timeworn, the weathered, and the accidental. Asymmetry, irregularity, economy, and intimacy are key aspects; beauty waits to be discovered in the unpredictable and evolving nature of materials and form.
These ideas stand in contrast to the seamless perfection of design and built-in obsolescence that characterize the current tech-centric era. Wabi Sabi celebrates historicity by highlighting the cracks and crevices left by use. It is temporal, reflecting mortality and humanity by focusing upon the fragility and mutability of life. Accidental fissures pierce the veneer of the seemingly finished and complete. Layers of decay and erosion create visual maps of experience.