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Abstraction Within A Zen Garden

  • Five Walls 119 Hopkins Street Footscray, VIC, 3011 Australia (map)
Image credit: Aaron Martin, "Post-Internet Zen" 2018, digitally altered found image

Image credit: Aaron Martin, "Post-Internet Zen" 2018, digitally altered found image

Artist: Aaron Martin, PJ Hickman, Annelies Jahn and Sara Morawetz

Within the hustle and bustle of a festival Abstraction within a Zen Garden offers a moment of solace, a time for contemplation and reflection.

Drawing its lead from the Japanese philosophy of Zen, the exhibition attempts to unravel the concept of Wabi Sabi through a body of painting and sculpture. Wabi Sabi is a central component of Zen philosophy and is often translated as the celebration of imperfection.

Employing modes of Abstraction, the artists within the show present work that aims to expand on this concept. Moments of imperfection (or Wabi Sabi) are presented alongside obdurate geometric forms, and thus provide an opportunity for new narratives to develop.

The artists exhibiting in Abstraction within a Zen Garden are Aaron Martin, PJ Hickman, Annelies Jahn and Sara Morawetz and will install work across all five exhibition spaces at Five Walls/Arcade. Accompanying the exhibition will be a free take-home catalogue including an exhibition rationale and images.

Special event

Chakai: Tea with Misuzu & Shoko

For a special event during One Night in Footscray, Five Walls will be hosting a contemporary take on the tradition of the Japanese ceremony.

From 5.30-6.30pm in Gallery 1, ice tea will be served in an intimate arrangement – where guests are invited to sit, and relax into quiet conversation, contemplate on the artwork, or just enjoy the quietness of the gallery space.  

Teas served throughout the night will be a green tea and a blend of contemporary flavours.

This is a free event – bookings will be taken at the bar on the night and a total of 2 people at a time. Bar open from 5-9pm

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