19 October 2009

Shakey Boxes








shaker craft; so boring its sublime.
 The details, proportions and materials
 become more apparent and significant.
Drunk on its own sobriety. 

2 comments:

  1. shaker aesthetics
    in paring it back to its simplest form you find god.
    similar sense in zen carpentry.

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  2. mmm... thanks Mon.
    This is a pretty interesting topic...
    Compare/ contrast Modernism- is it basically just a secular form of Shaker?
    Equally pious, but even more sanctimonious, I think.
    I dont think you can ever actually eschew decoration when trying to make a pleasing object. Because it resides 'in the eye'. The simplicity itself becomes a decorative feature. Sometimes more garish than tinsel!
    I love Shaker aesthetic- but if its objective was to be modest-I think it failed-spectacularly!
    I keep coming back to this topic here; Simplexity, NoAesthetics, Modernism, Shaker
    hmm should have made this a post really!

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