Yamamoto Masao - Microcosm Macrocosm

September 15 - December 23, 2018

Opening: Friday, September 14, 2018, 7-9 pm

YAMAMOTO Masao worked in photography as well as oil painting since his youth before devoting himself later entirely to photography as an ideal medium for evoking memories in a unique way. Yamamoto is known for his small-format silver gelatin prints, that he reworks through tinting, painting over them, or other manual interventions to the point that they almost become objects, carrying reminiscences of the past. As diverse as his motifs are, his images are expressions of an attitude of humility, as propagated by the Chinese philosopher Laozi, who considered humanity as only one small part of nature, which in turn is merely a miniscule part of an immense universe. By observing all the minute things around him, Yamamoto finds a key for accessing the all-encompassing nature of the universe that he captures on photographic paper.

For the exhibition at the Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation, Yamamoto is creating a wall installation that inconspicuously integrates selected works by Alfred Ehrhardt. Particularly meaningful to Yamamoto is Ehrhardt’s “constructive and structural eye for the beauty of nature, that archives the artistic forms of nature.” Yamamoto’s work demonstrates a fundamental correspondence between Ehrhardt’s worldview as characterized by natural philosophy and his own, Japanese perspective on nature.

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