WABI-SABI

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Presented at Red Gallery Collingwood as part of Midsumma 2013 Premier Visual art event "Energy From Stillness"

ABOUT WABI SABI:
Wabi-sabi represents a comprehensive aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent and incomplete.”
The concept is derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence: specifically Impermanence.
The other two marks being Suffering and Emptiness.

ABOUT THE PIECES:
In Lucas’ new body of work, he continues his endless exploration of the notions of identity. He makes the inevitable conclusion to dissect the essence of the human being, through disintegration to bacteria, cells, chemicals and poisons that ‘make’ us.
It is about the beauty in the broken, the fractured and the tragically original.
The work presents the male body in its most carnal, existential and critical state, confronting the human condition in an objectified, vulnerable and powerful form.

“I believe in beauty, but in a beauty that is not detached from life. My aim is to make the unbearable bearable, to instigate the viewer to reconsider their own understandings of beauty and suffering.”

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