JOHN BEATON: WABI/SABI | EXHIBITION
Fortyfivedownstairs gallery will be the host for the exhibition of works by the late John Beaton. The photography exhibition is named and influenced by Wabi-sabi, which is a concept in traditional Japanese aesthetics constituting a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete."
John Beaton’s photographs are a celebration of transience and ephemerality by freezing humans in motion, discovering the effects of light and mist on land and cityscapes, and pulling nature into near focus.
‘John Beaton was a world-leading software engineer, and a photographer and writer who travelled widely. During his stellar career he became one of Amazon’s software developers in Silicon Valley, yet his training in Art History and his immersion in literary and philosophical texts also saw him produce a significant body of art and writing. His death in 2014, at the age of 27, sent shockwaves through the wide network of people who knew him. Prizes were established in his name at the institutions where he studied: the University of Melbourne, Melbourne High School and Frankston Heights Primary School. His colleagues at Amazon’s research and development lab left his desk unused for over a year. Friends regularly gather to celebrate and commemorate Beaton’s life, and his impact continues to be felt. This exhibition presents Beaton’s photography to the public for the first time, along with selected text.’
The photographs displayed will span across the world, and where mainly taken between 2010 and 2014. They are a collection of moments and reflect strongly the ideals and philosophy of Beaton’s life.
The show will run from the 27 June – 8 July 2017 at fortyfivedownstairs gallery, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia.