Wabi-Sabi: Beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”

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Wabi-Sabi: Beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete"A new exhibition at Arthall in Gozo opens next Friday, and it is centred around the Japanese aesthetic concept of – Wabi-Sabi: beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.”

Wabi – Sabi is being held in collaboration between the International Pop-Up Gallery, Spright-Art, and Arthall.

Sculptures, collages and paintings made with found objects and original mixed media creations, will all be on show.

The collection will have a critical approach, which Arthall said, will be “questioning what we have been told to see and regard as the truth.”

Participating artists are Jeroen Hoekman, Be J. Birza, Frances R and Fabrizio Fabbroni:

Jeroen Hoekman is the co-founder of Spright-Art and besides working as gallery director, he also makes time for his own work as potter.

The work ranges from classic forms with special glazes, often crystal, to more experimental expressions. His work is inspired by classic earthenware and functional pottery.

Even if the work seems to be made of other materials – wood, ready made objects, foam or plastics – clay can always be found somewhere within or outside the work.

Be J. Birza effortlessly succeeds in convincingly highlighting the expressiveness of ‘poor art’ years after the heyday of “Arte Povera.”

The artist often uses acids and other substances that cause ageing processes. Chemical reactions bring about oxidation, weathering and discolouration and thus reinforce the suggestion of impermanence.

He underlines that the history of worn-out things always remains interesting and in fact is not subject to dating or erosion. His kimono’s are made from found objects and lead sheets.

Frances R uses found objects and pieces of her own “destroyed” paintings, the artist provokes us to abandon our attachment to the “truth.”

She presents her works like small windows into a mind that questions the reality of what we have been told to see.

Ranging from biblical and historical scenes to pictures of our own time. The artist will also show one of the signature surf boards from her popular series: “Maria” (collage of paper/poster/magazine strips on surf board).

Fabrizio Fabbroni is strongly influenced by the Arte Povera, especially after meeting the masters of the Transavantgarde movement, Sandro Chia and Francesco Clemente.

He is an artist who considers himself an experimenter. He uses any kind of material in order to make changes in the way he presents his art.

The thing that fascinates him most is the research before creating his art works. The works shown in this event challenge the viewer to let go preconceived ideas of intellectual and conceptual art, and return to the emotions behind the form.

The opening night of `Wabi-Sabi’ is on Friday, the 12th of April at 7.30pm, and it will remain open to the public until Sunday, the 5th of May.

Arthall can be found at 8, triq Agius de Soldanis, Victoria. Opening hours: Wednesday/ Thursday/Friday/Saturday: 10-13 and 16-18 Sunday: 10-12 Monday/Tuesday: closed.

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