“I’ve always loved the Japanese word for galaxy and find it poetic to think of the galaxy as a river of stars in the sky” – Miya Ando
Lora Schlesinger Gallery is pleased to present a new body of work by New York based artist Miya Ando. The exhibition titled 銀河 Ginga ("The Silver River" / "Galaxy") and Mandala is an exploration of our connection to nature and the interconnectivity of all things. It will include two bodies of work that were inspired by the Japanese word for galaxy, which translates into ‘The Silver River in the Sky’ as well as Ando’s Bodhi Leaf Mandalas. The show opens with an artist’s reception on Saturday, September 10th from 5-7 pm.
銀河Ginga ("The Silver River" / "Galaxy") and Mandala is a continued investigation into the themes of perception and one’s relationship to nature and time. In Buddhism, a mandala represents the universe and is traditionally used in meditation. The mandalas in the exhibition are created using Bodhi (Ficus Religiosa) skeleton leaves from the Bodhi tree, the species of tree under which The Buddha gained enlightenment. The leaves are dyed, arranged, and sewn together to compose diaphanous, elegant, and meditative works.
Miya Ando has also created a new series of luminous paintings on metal for the exhibition. A descendant of Bizen sword makers, she combines traditional techniques with modern industrial technology, skillfully transforming metal panels into ethereal abstract paintings infused with color. The reflective material produces experiential and mutable surfaces that shift with light.
GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday - Friday, 10 - 5:30 pm, Saturdays 11 - 5:30
EXHIBITION DATES: September 10 - October 15, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION: September 10, 2016, 5 – 7 pm
CONTACT: Lora Schlesinger or Stephanie Mercado