Opening exhibit features cultural aesthetic, ‘Wabi-Sabi’ |

Opening exhibit features cultural aesthetic, ‘Wabi-Sabi’

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What: “Wabi-Sabi: Nothing lasts. Nothing is finished. Northing is perfect.”

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 1

Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.

— An old wooden shutter dusty with age, a dented truck gleaming in sunlight, a dumpster covered in a vibrant blue tarp — each a weathered item discarded and forgotten with time.

Yet in their worn, disposable state, there is beauty.

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What: “Wabi-Sabi: Nothing lasts. Nothing is finished. Northing is perfect.”

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 1

Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.

“There is such beauty in all of our discards but we pay no attention to it,” said Barbara Carpenter, one of the photographers featured at the Depot Art Center for the month of May.

A Japanese world view or aesthetic used to describe these discarded imperfections is “Wabi-Sabi.” Author Richard Powell describes the notion as “Nothing lasts, nothing is finished and nothing is perfect.”

At the Depot Art Center Friday, there will be an exhibit featuring “Wabi-Sabi” in the form of digital photography by Lana Turner, Lynne Garell and Carpenter. In addition, artist Rene Williams will exhibit her sculptures of small houses made of various concrete molds grouped into small towns. Her featured sculptures will be displayed in the Platform Gallery.

The opening reception is being held in conjunction with the First Friday Artwalk from 5 to 8 p.m. Both exhibits will be on display throughout the month of May.

An artist talk will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 at the Depot Art Center. In addition, the artists will host a photography workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16.

All three photographers created an exhibit of photographs taken in areas that are often thought of as unphotogenic.

“Early on in my photography career, I set myself up to the challenge to go to these types of places and make images that would be beautiful and compelling,” Turner said. “It was a way to train my eye and to help other people open their eyes to the beauty that is all around us every day.”

With a more refined but abstract eye, Garell’s work features the streets of Tuscany in Italy.

“There is this sense of a passage of time,” Garell said. “But there is also this sense of beauty and order found in something that would normally be walked on, thrown away or ignored because people think it’s not interesting because it’s old or falling apart.”

Carpenter, who exhibits regularly in Denver, focuses her photography on weathered yet timeless automobiles. She started her photography career as a black and white landscape photographer, but now, focuses on the most minuscule details of old cars like a dented fender or the faint letters of a license plate.

Although many of the mounted photographs are abstract, Carpenter hopes viewers will not feel the need to know exactly what the subject matter is.

“It doesn’t really matter what the photo’s subject matter is, it’s the visual of it that matters,” she said. “I hope they take the photography for what it is and not feel the need to ground it somehow.”

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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