Applying the traditional techniques of her Japanese ancestry, the foundation of Miya Ando’s artistic practice lies in the transformation of surfaces. With a deep appreciation for the dynamic properties of metal, Ando simultaneously conveys and entangles power with fragile motifs, while reconnecting with her heritage and exploring the connection between the natural and the man-made world. Skillfully, Ando transforms sheets of burnished industrial steel and aluminum, using heat and chemicals, into ephemeral abstractions suffused with subtle gradations of color. Like being immersed inside the contemplative plane of one of her paintings, viewers can lose themselves, blurring the lines of where their consciousness ends and Ando’s paintings begin. In this conversation, Ando will discuss the inspiration and process behind her abstract paintings on metal. A focus of the discussion will be the ways in which her art is perceived, particularly her latest body of work, which is deeply inspired by Buddhist philosophy. Ando will be joined by Yifawn Lee, publisher of Orientations Magazine.
This event is being held in conjunction with Miya Ando’s solo exhibition Sora | Ku (Sky | Emptiness) at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, 57-59 Hollywood Road, Central, on view through October 30.