Emptiness The Sky (Faint Pink), Pigment, Urethane, Aluminum.
New work by Miya Ando for 2014.
A descendant of Bizen sword makers, Ando was raised among Buddhist priests in a temple in Okayama, Japan. Combining traditional techniques of her ancestry with modern industrial technology, she skillfully transforms sheets of metal into ephemeral, abstract paintings suffused with color.
The foundation of Ando’s practice is the transformation of surfaces. She applies heat, sandpaper, grinders, acid and patinas to metal canvases, irrevocably altering the material’s chemical properties to produce subtle, light-reflective gradations of color and texture.
As with her earlier metal paintings, her new works are luminous blue, pink, green and gold, a palette she conjures from a limited selection of industrial dyes. Ando uses different techniques to adhere the color to the aluminum panels, including anodization, in which sapphire crystals are electroplated to the metal, allowing the dyes to bond. Another approach is the layered application of pigments and urethane, which allows for variations of color and finish, with some areas of the painting matte and others glossy. To produce a high-gloss finish, Ando adds up to twenty layers of urethane and resin, which vividly amplifies the reflective quality of the metal. The resulting works subtly evoke ethereal, minimalist landscapes, cloud formations and abstracted metallic horizons.
Miya Ando’s solo exhibition, ‘Kisetsu’ (Seasons) at Sundaram Tagore Gallery in New York.
Exhibition dates: October 16 – November 15, 2014
547 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001.