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modernism and wabi-sabi [Nov. 16th, 2005|05:48 am]
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Modernism


A logical, rational world-view
Absolute

Looks for universal,
prototypical solutions

Mass-produced/modula
Expresses faith in progress
Future-oriented

Believes in the control of nature

Romanticizes technology
People adapting to machines

Geometric organization of form
(sharp, precise, and edges)
The box as metaphor
(rectilinear, precise, contained)

Artificial materials
Ostensibly slick

Needs to be
well-maintained

Is intolerant of ambiguity
and contradiction

Everlasting
      

Wabi Sabi


An intuitive world-view
Relative

Looks for personal,
idiosyncratic solutions

One-of-a-kind/variable
There is no progress
Present-oriented

Believes in the fundamental uncontrollability of nature

Romanticizes nature
People adapting to nature

Organic organization of form
(soft, vague shapes and edges)
The bowl as metaphor
(free shape, open at top)

Natural materials
Ostensibly crude

Accommodates to degradation
and attrition

Is comfortable with ambiguity
and contradiction

To every thing there is a season
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