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Wabi/Sabi - John Beaton

03 9662 9966

27 Jun 2017, 28 Jun 2017, 29 Jun 2017

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30 Jun 2017, 1 Jul 2017, 1 Jul 2017, 2 Jul 2017, 3 Jul 2017, 4 Jul 2017, 5 Jul 2017, 6 Jul 2017, 7 Jul 2017, 8 Jul 2017, 8 Jul 2017

John Beaton’s photographs celebrate transience by freezing humans in motion, exploring the effects of light and mist on land and cityscapes, and drawing nature into close focus. While the photos capture ephemeral moments, they also come together to reflect the world panoramically. Borders between individual and communal dissolve; boundaries of identity break down as statues assume human qualities and people’s fleeting actions become permanent art.

Elements of wabi-sabi, the Japanese aesthetic of imperfect beauty characterised by asymmetry, intimacy, impermanence and natural processes, run through the photographs presented in this exhibition.

Remembered as a man who thought deeply and lived out his philosophy, finding beauty in unexpected places and taking joy in the present moment, Beaton helped and inspired his friends, family and colleagues. His last act, before his death in a car accident, was to photograph the sunrise over Yosemite National Park. A selection of the Yosemite photos will be in the exhibition, accompanied by a recording of the piece Last Sunrise, written in Beaton’s memory by his friend, pianist and composer Anthony Williams.

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