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Touching Stone Gallery   Santa Fe, USA

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Tim Wong photography

Akiko Hirano calligraphy

Touching Stone - a Journey of the Mind

March 4 - April 6, 2005

 

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Calligraphy  © Akiko Hirano 2005

About the Exhibition

Quiet unpretentious beauty, the essence of Japanese aesthetic, is also an endearing quality of the American Southwest. Touching Stone Gallery celebrates its 5th anniversary with a special exhibition to explore this aesthetic connection. "Touching Stone - a Journey of the Mind" is a collaboration between photographer Tim Wong and calligrapher Akiko Hirano. It is about an imaginary journey of a Japanese calligrapher who, while grinding ink on an inkstone, mind-travels back in time to a faraway and alien land. The story unfolds in a series of black-and-white images taken by Wong over a span of twelve years in Japan and the Southwest. A shrouded female figure (representing the mind of the calligrapher) roams the landscapes, leading the viewer from a Japanese Zen temple to the ancient Anasazi land of the Southwest. The journey is narrated with Japanese calligraphy pieces based on Japanese and Chinese poems, as well as original prose written by Hirano.

 

Limited-editions of 35, click on images to view

Inquiry/order: director@touchingstone.com, see Inquiry/Order

 

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I have always known

that at last I would take this road

But yesterday I did not know

that it would be today

        - Arihara-no Narihira (825-880)

 

 Calligraphy © Akiko Hirano, ink on paper

           Edition Nos. 1 - 10  Sold

 

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Transcendence No.1 © Tim Wong

Edition Nos. 1 & 2 Sold

 

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Transcendence No.2 © Tim Wong

Edition No. 1 Sold

 

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Transcendence No.3 © Tim Wong

Edition No. 1 Sold

 

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Transcendence No.4 © Tim Wong

Edition No. 1 Sold

 

The Transcendence Series

Selenium-toned silver prints © Tim Wong

20"x16" framed

 

 


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Wind rustles the bamboos

by the windows

in the dusk

- Ohtomo-no Yakamochi (718-785)

 

 Calligraphy © Akiko Hirano, ink on paper

Edition No.1 Sold

 

 

 

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Inkstone

Selenium-toned silver print © Tim Wong

20"x16" framed    Edition No. 1 Sold

 

Tsukubai

Selenium-toned silver print © Tim Wong

20"x16" framed

 

Rustling Bamboos

Selenium-toned silver print © Tim Wong

20"x16" framed    Edition No. 3 Sold

 

 

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The Path

Selenium-toned silver print © Tim Wong

16"x20" framed   Edition Nos. 1 - 3 Sold

 

 

 

From ancient time to present

there were not two paths

- from Zenrinkushu (Eicho 1429-1504)

 

 Calligraphy © Akiko Hirano, ink on paper

Edition Nos. 1 - 4 Sold

 

Enzo

Selenium-toned silver print © Tim Wong

16"x20" framed

Edition No. 1 Sold

 

 

 

 

 

 

Touching Stone - a Journey of the Mind

Against the inkstone

the ink stick grinds

setting free my mind

Rustling the bamboo leaves

a light breeze plays

in the twilight

A bird takes wing, leading me

on a pilgrimage

to a time long forgotten

An amber light glows

in the dark, illuminating

a new life emerging

Into the warmth of Mother Earth

the open arms of Father Sky

across mesas and canyons

like waves

Atop the most sacred place

Sun Dagger finds its home

White and blue the dancers' sash

stained a brilliant crimson red

For a thousand years

in a circle of stone

the fiery drums

reverberate

Right and left

forth and back

the Kachinas dance

ne'er touching ground

O'er the rock walls

their spirits soar

free at last

as clouds

Returning to earth

the Owner of Fire

transformed

into a gift of beauty

Tonight the wind still blows

the bamboo grove sways

My heart rejoins the inkstone

in perfect harmony

 

 

- Original in Japanese calligraphy © Akiko Hirano

 


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Tim Wong Waves

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Waves

Selenium-toned silver print © Tim Wong

16"x20" framed

 

 

 

 

Alto

Selenium-toned silver print © Tim Wong

16"x20" framed

 

 

 

 

Sun Dagger

Selenium-toned silver print © Tim Wong

16"x20" framed    Edition No. 3 Sold

 

 

 

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Rising Spirit No. 2

Selenium-toned silver print © Tim Wong

20"x16" framed

 

Circle of Stone

Selenium-toned silver print © Tim Wong

16"x20" framed     Edition No. 3 Sold

 

 

Solstice

Selenium-toned silver print © Tim Wong

20"x16" framed    Edition No. 3 Sold

 

 

 

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Eternal Traveler No.1

Selenium-toned silver print © Tim Wong

20"x16" framed

 

Time is an endlessly passing traveler

- Li Pai (701-762)

Months and days are eternal travelers

Passing years are travelers too

- from Oku-no-Hosomichi (Matsuo Basho 1644-1694)

 

Calligraphy © Akiko Hirano, ink on paper

Edition Nos. 1 & 2 Sold

Eternal Traveler No.2

Selenium-toned silver print © Tim Wong

20"x16" framed

Edition No. 1 Sold

 

     
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Mystic

Selenium-toned silver print © Tim Wong

20"x16" framed    Edition Nos. 1 - 5 Sold

 

 

 

 

 

From a mountain temple

the sound of a bell struck fumblingly

vanishes in the mist

- Yosano Buson (1716-1784)

 

Calligraphy © Akiko Hirano, ink on paper

Edition Nos. 1 & 2 Sold

 

Return to Harmony

Selenium-toned silver print © Tim Wong

20"x16" framed