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Wabi-sabi acknowledges that just as it is important to know when to make choices, it is also important to know when not to make choices: to let things be. Even at the most austere level of material existence, we still live in a world of things. Wabi-sabi is exactly about the delicate balance between the pleasure we get from things and the pleasure we get from freedom from things.

Culture of Simplicity ***article by Leonard Koren

Wabi is a deep multilayered concept. Explore these essays on the web.
Culture of Simplicity ***article by Leonard Koren
Embassy of Japan in Nepal very short concise explaination
Wabi, Sabi and Shibui short essay with some interesting quotes
Austere Wabi to Golden Wabi pdf from asian studies review
Psychological Aspects of the Way of Tea
Wabi Aesethics general article about teaism and ceramics
More links...

Wabi is a paradox. So simple yet so difficult to explain. Perhaps it is better to leave the verbal explainations to writers. My notes from photo essay .

 

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Notes:

Modest: a modest proposal
Things subtle, evanescent: lovely words aren't they?
Personal idiosyncratic
Humble : In the twenty-first century, one needs caution using the word humble and hand-made to describe the same object in one sentence. Human can easily may possess nothing hand-made for reasons rich and even lamentable. Still it remains that the hand-made is nearly the exclusive provence of the elite. Is it impossible to create things both humble and handmade? Does humbleness itself now necessitate an extra vigilance or special cognizance of manufactured goods in ordinary life.
Asymetrical:
Organic:
Simple
Ostensibly Crude. I fell in love with the cigar box scribbled by some unknown crayon.
Ephemeral: Installations are almost by definition the ephemera of the artworld. They last briefly like flowers. This installation too was as fugative as a daisy.
Evocative: Although wabi objects tend to simple in themselves, they equally tend to evoke multilayered sensations. Like perception, wabi is free associative; a philosophy as reflective as glass.
Unconventional


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"Even at the most austere level of material existence, we still live in a world of things. Wabi-sabi is exactly about the delicate balance between the pleasure we get from things and the pleasure we get from freedom from things"

- Leonard Koren

Photo essay...