past Exhibition

    The Other Side

    Asami Yoshiga, The Other Side 1, 2005. Sumi ink, glue and color ink on layered tetron fabric attached to a solid wood frame,119 × 93 × 10 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Dillon Gallery, New York. © Asami Yoshiga

    Masao Yamamoto, Untitled, n.d. from the series “Nakazora.” Gelatin-silver print, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA. © Masao Yamamoto

    Noriko Ambe, detail, Floating, 2012. Cut paper and glue, 4 × 80 × 82 and 2 × 24 × 30 ½. Courtesy the artist and Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, Texas. © Noriko Ambe. Photo: David Broda

Narrow Road to the Interior: Contemporary Japanese Artists

Sep 21 – Jan 12, 2014


The months and days are the travelers of eternity. The years that come and go are also voyagers.
—Matsuo Bashō (1644-94), from Oku no Hosomichi (Narrow Road to the Interior), 1689

The 17th-century Zen Buddhist masterwork of prose and haiku, Narrow Road to the Interior, takes readers on a pilgrimage—both worldly and immaterial. The contemporary artists in this eponymous exhibition also evoke the idea of earthly and spiritual passage with artworks that use private experiences as entryways to universal themes. Quiet, patient observation and elemental materials prove central to these artists’ practices. These photographs, sculptures, paintings and installations incorporate humble materials such as light, water, wood, paper, ash, stone, ink and mirrors. The subtlety and frankness of the art epitomize the precision and rhythm of haiku while the exhibition’s meditative nature reflects the ritual and ceremony that has persisted over centuries at the heart of Japanese culture.

ARTISTS: Noriko Ambe | Hiroshi Senju | Yoshiko Shimano | Shinji Turner-Yamamoto | Masao Yamamoto | Motoi Yamamoto | Asami Yoshiga


Organized by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Sponsored by Paul Giancola and Carrie Lynn Richardson, Tamar Weiss in memory of Emil Weiss, and Lisa Sette Gallery