The Beauty of the Mistake

James Hopkins, Wasted Youth. Image from yatzer.com

James Hopkins, Wasted Youth. Image from yatzer.com

Alexander Pope hit the nail on the head when he said, “To err is human.”

Life is full of mistakes, and PuppenHaus—a Portuguese cultural association—is showcasing an exhibit to celebrate the miscalculations of life. The Beauty of the Mistake began September 23 and runs to October 25, 2009 at the LX Factory in Lisbon.

Whether it’s a ruined canvas with a broom pushed into it in Markus Hofer‘s Bildtrager or Sam Baron‘s A Table featuring stacks of half-broken china, the vision is to show the allure of imperfection.

Eighteen Portuguese and 13 international artists display their perspective on mistakes through artwork—errors that could not be erased or fixed. A celebration of the unconventional, the non-perfect if you will.

James Hopkins‘ Wasted Youth—an installation of items arrayed on a dorm-like bookcase used to represent adolescent decisions. Beer cans, a disco ball, band posters and a lava lamp are just some elements that mark a foolhardy youth.

PuppenHaus calls into question what constitutes a mistake by showing the public that our slip-ups can be beautiful and worth honouring. If you live in or near Lisbon, be sure to take a peep at this exhibit sometime this week, it might make you see your daily blunders in a new light.

-Cora Nijhawan

Sam Baron, A Table. Image from yatzer.com

Sam Baron, A Table. Image from yatzer.com

Markus Hofer, Bildtrager. Image from yatzer.com

Markus Hofer, Bildtrager. Image from yatzer.com

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