Falling on your Sword for Miya Ando
I fell in love with Miya Ando’s work a few weeks ago over at Fresh Window Gallery in Bushwick. So when I heard she had a solo show coming up in my neighborhood at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, I had to check it out.
I realized while viewing “KISETSU (SEASONS),” I continue to be impressed by the way the artist uses and captures light. These aluminum ombre pieces are stunning up close. They’re suggest an industrial feel in a first pass, but the metals are so smooth and the dyes are so rich, the evoke a soft, natural connotation at second glance. Their abstract nature also remind me of a kind of metallic Mark Rothko painting, who’s pieces I always found so meditative. Ando’s pieces are similar in that they’re immediately soothing, but to my delight, they simultaneously keep their edge.
What makes the work even more interesting is learning she pulls from her ancestry. She is descendant of Bizen sword makers, and grew up among Buddhist priests in a temple in Okayama, Japan. Perhaps this is where the duality of her work comes from. Either way, I’m a new fan! Images below are courtesy of Sundaram Tagore Gallery.
The following two images are from my crappy camera phone, but I thought some installation shots would be good to include!