Winters End

Brian Wurst


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This piece is part of the Wabi Sabi, Embracing the Art of Imperfection exhibit in the Main Gallery of The Folk Art Center.

“Photo transfer – the act of printing an image and migrating it onto another medium – is, ironically, making a passing moment into something hard and permanent. But in taking pictures, I find myself gravitating towards the impermanent and faded, particularly dormant branches against a cold, cloudy sky. This cabinet depicts a maple tree at the end of winter, soon to flower, then leaf, then slumber again. The moon is bleached and, like the case, sandblasted, a quicker version of the scouring that sun, wind, and dirt effect upon wood. The bulk of my other work has been in truth about prettiness and vitality; this is more of a meditation on the fleeting, which, as I age, is increasingly where my thoughts dwell.”

  • Holly with photo transfer, maple, sandblasted red oak, bleached ash
  • 41″wide x 9″high x 8″deep
  • Will not be shipped until October 10th, once the exhibition has closed
  • Shipping and handling fees will be determined when the piece is ready for delivery
  • Wabi Sabi runs from June 30 – September 30, 2018

The Southern Highland Craft Guild opens its third exhibition for the 2018 year with Wabi Sabi, Embracing the Art of Imperfection in the Folk Art Center’s main gallery upstairs. It features 60 objects from makers of the Guild that showcase this traditional Japanese aesthetic of honoring the beauty of flaws. Works focus on juxtapositions of symmetry through gnarled wooden sculptures, rough textures in a wall hanging’s fabric, or a woven pattern’s simplicity.
Curator Nikki Josheff received an overwhelming number of submissions for this exhibition. “It has been exciting to see the membership’s enthusiasm for Wabi Sabi,” she said. “With our history of cultivating fine craft for more than eight decades, there’s often an expectation of perfection within our community. Our jury process is rigorous, and done through peer-evaluation to uphold a standard within a designated media.” Wabi Sabi encourages participants to let go of creative pressures, perhaps expectations of perfection, that may limit one’s imagination. Instead, it challenges makers to work with flaws, or other brokenness within their process.


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