Yamamoto Masao: Animal Spirit

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PDX CONTEMPORARY ART is pleased to present Animal Spirit, an exhibition of silver gelatin prints by Japanese photographer Yamamoto Masao.

Trained as a painter before turning to photography, Yamamoto Masao is most known for his small-scale, poetic, and intimate photographs, which he treats more like individual objects than editioned prints. Over his career, Yamamoto has worked in series, thematically grouping photographs to make distinct bodies of work, creating images that are independent of one another but at the same time part of a collective. Through an accumulation of images the work becomes a meditation on familiarity, knowing, and the passage of time.

Animal Spirit pulls  from his most recent body of work La Vie Simple, as well as from his series Box of Ku, Nakazora, and KAWA=FLOW. The exhibition focuses on animal imagery, showcasing Yamamoto’s continued interest in the natural world and animal kingdom—goats scaling a wooded hillside, inquisitive garden dogs, majestic white horses, and human beings in serene landscape.  Yamamoto’s subjects are familiar and imbued with an intimacy that can make them seem like they could be from one’s own memories. They are often mysterious and in soft focus or dramatically high/low contrast, toned and delicately flecked with gold paint or marked with small inclusions ink. The treatment of the printed image has a transcendent effect that leaves each piece resonating with gentle importance.

Yamamoto Masao lives and works in Japan and is one of Japan’s most important living photographers. His work is exhibited widely around the globe and was included in the 1987 Torino International Photo Biennale (Torino, Italy), Photomonth in Krakow 2009 (Krakow, Poland), EXPO ‘98 (Lisboa, Portugal), and the 2014 Daegu Photo Biennale (Daegu, Korea). He has been part of numerous solo and group exhibitions at venues including PDX CONTEMPORARY ART (Portland, OR), Yancey Richardson Gallery (New York, NY), Toni Catany Foundation (Mallorca, Spain), Gallery Fifty One (Antwerp, Belgium), Jackson Fine Art (Atlanta, GA), Galerie Camera Obscura (Paris, France), Valid Foto (Barcelona, Spain), Mizuma Art Gallery (Tokyo, Japan), Gallery Out of Place (Nara, Japan), Craig Krull Gallery (Santa Monica, CA), Stephen Wirtz Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Hackelbury Fine Art (London, England), Kohji Ogura Gallery (Nagoya, Japan), Gallery Nayuta (Yokohama, Japan), Museum of Photographic Arts (San Francisco, CA), La Fabrique du Pont d’Aleyrac (Ardeche, France), Galerie Albert Baumgarten (Freiburg, Germany), Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (Scottsdale, AZ), and Museo di Roma (Rome, Italy), Galerie Stefan Vogdt (München, Germany), Robert Kocch Gallery (San Francisco, CA), among many more.

Yamamoto’s photographs are held in many prominent public and private collections including the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, ON), Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT), Cornell Fine  Arts Museum at Rollins College (Winter Park, FL), Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX), The International Center of Photography (New York, NY), Center for Creative Photography (New York, NY), Princeton University Art Museum (Princeton, NJ), Santa Barbara Museum of Art (Santa Barbara, CA), Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), Center for Photographic Art (Carmel, CA), Victoria & Albert Museum (London, England), Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris, France), Quinzaine Photographique (Nantes, France), Musei Civici Comune di Reggio (Emilia, Italy), Forum für Fotografie (Köln, Germany), the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO), and Fondation d’entreprise Hermès (Paris, France), among others.

The artist’s work has been written about extensively, and has been published in several books that revolve around continuing series by publishers like Nazraeli Press and Radius Books.

10% of sales will be donated to Matt Jay End of Summer Studio at Japan Institute of the Portland Japanese Garden

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1825 B NW Vaughn Street Portland, OR 97209 Venue website

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