Wabi Sabi: Impermanence, Imperfection, and the Accidental

Guest curated by MicroClimate Collective: Glenna Cole Allee & Victoria Mara Heilweil

March 15 – April 12, 2014

OPENING Saturday, March 15 at 7-10pm
CLOSING Saturday, April 12 at 2-5pm

Group Exhibition

Wabi Sabi
asterisk(L to R) Adam Donnelly & David Janesko, Dimitra Skandali, Jennifer Brandon
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.

Wabi Sabi: Impermanence, Imperfection and the Accidental will present works expressive of and resonant with these themes.

The opening reception on March 15th will include an alchemical painting performance by Tobias Tovera, an live screen print created on the gallery wall by Kent Manske & Eric Kneeland (with gallery attendees), and an interactive postcard installation by Peter Foucault & Chris Treggiari, which will mark the culmination of a 49 mile hike of inquiry through several rapidly changing neighborhoods of San Francisco.

At the closing reception on April 12th, Timothy Armstrong will create a flour and water drawing outside of the gallery for pigeons to devour, and in the gallery Adam Donnelly & David Janesko will demonstrate their site-specific camera, exposing pinhole photographs of the occasion.

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