BLACK MOUNTAIN —The Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League (SVFAL) opens with an exciting new art show, “Transience and Imperfection: The Beauty of Wabi-Sabi” at the Red House Studios & Gallery in Black Mountain.
The opening reception is from 5 – 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14.
This exhibit showcases the work of SVFAL members and embraces the traditional Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, which finds beauty in the impermanent, the imperfect, and the incomplete.
Participants were encouraged to let go of their preconceived definition of beauty, to examine the flaws all around us and to appreciate the beauty that comes with the passage of time.
SVFAL artists approached the theme by working within the parameters of the “imperfections” of every day life. The artists used many styles within diverse two- and three-dimensional media to express the brokenness and the unconventional in an enlightened way.
Visitors may see the beauty of a dying tree, a dilapidated barn, a wrinkled face or a sentimental object in literal depictions or abstract representations that evoke the spirit of impermanence and imperfection.
The viewer can also see wabi-sabi revealed in the process such as in the thick layers, the drips, and the strokes; and in the actual “flaws” in the materials used, such as the weathered or tarnished objects in assemblages and in the rough textures and irregularities in fibers, wood, and clay creations.
Lynn Newhouse, curator, was pleased with the interest for this show. “It is amazing to see how the artists have conveyed ‘transience and imperfection’ in their work to embody the essence of wabi-sabi.”