Wabi-Sabi Gallery


     Wabi -Sabi is a Japanese artistic aesthetic, however it has very little to do with art, and is more of an anti-aesthetic.Things we traditionally think of as being aesthetically pleasing are well defined, and

often essentially perfected images or ideas. Things consisting of a sense of completeness, wholeness, and organization. Wabi-Sabi requires none of these things. Things that are considered Wabi-Sabi

are often rough, decayed, and broken down by time and use. Wabi-Sabi is often described as the beauty of imperfection or incompleteness, however it may be more appropriate to consider it as the

beauty of nature, or perhaps natural effects.  However an aged and chipped glass is not explicitly Wab-Sabi. Because it is an aesthetic, an objects ability to be Wabi-Sabi lies in the eyes of the viewer. It is

not an inherent trait of the object itself, nor Is it limited to objects; any observation can be Wabi-Sabi, It must simply leave you with the sense that nature has been at work on whatever you're looking at.



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      It really is more of the feeling you get from what you are looking at. If it "feels" Wabi-Sabi, then it is, and because of this self-defining relationship between observer and observed, it is somewhat difficult to explain in simple terms. It becomes a "you'll know it when you see it" description. One thing is certain though, the aesthetic does still exist. It may be difficult to find or recognize in the fast paced tech-enslaved world of today, but it is still out there waiting for some lucky soul to stop and enjoy the beautiful bliss of the earth reclaiming mans innovations, and like most things Japanese, it does still live on in manga form.





      Many manga will feature multiple full frames of otherwise inconsequential nature. An image of a vine crawling up a cracked wall in an ally, or weathered roofs on rural houses. Even things like cobwebs, flowers, and butterflies will appear frequently with no real relation to the story. They are placed to provide the reader with a feeling rather than a story element. While the feeling they express seems typically to be one of calm, Wabi-Sabi imagery can also be woven into the story in such a way as to distress the reader by providing an obviously false sense of security before or after a pivotal point in the story or current events of a story since many manga run for decades and undergo countless character overhauls. Wabi-Sabi appears in many other art forms as well, though it is most prevalent in photography, it can also be found in anime, film, paintings, and even music.




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