Traditionally found in the Japanese tatami room on a tokonoma alcove, the bonsai is an art form typically appreciated as a way of bringing the natural beauty of the outdoors into the home. Developed through thinking about this long standing Japanese tradition, Yamamoto brought the bonsai out into the landscape to photograph.
Each bonsai, powerful in stance, is placed in a charged and dynamic landscape. Grand, puffy clouds set the stage for a small bonsai to feel tall and authoritative. What seems a forest of trees below the moon is actually a much smaller grouping of branches of a bonsai. It is through placing these microcosms of the grand landscape into the landscape itself, that it makes one question the micro and the macro. This mixing of the grandiose and the miniature intrigues Yamamoto.
Yamamoto Masao lives and works in Japan.
YAMAMOTO MASAO: Bonsai
Exhibition Dates: March 3 – 27, 2021
PDX CONTEMPORARY ART
925 NW Flanders Street
Portland, OR 97209