Solo exhibition San francisco “OBOROZUKI” (MOON OBSCURED BY CLOUDS)



Nancy Toomey Fine Art is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by Miya Ando entitled "Oborozuki" (Moon Obscured by Clouds) on view from January 4 to February 17, 2018.


Miya Ando's inspiration for this exhibition is the Japanese word Oborozuki, meaning "the moon obscured by clouds." Pieces in the show, Ando's second at Nancy Toomey Fine Art, include a new series of paintings on aluminum entitled Yoake (Dawn), ink on aluminum called Kumo (Cloud), as well as works on paper, Gekkou (Moonlight).


The word "Oborozuki" in Japanese means "The moon obscured by clouds". Ando's inspiration for the theme of this exhibition is derived from the oldest known Japanese novel entitled " the tale of genji". Written by Murasaki Shikibu, the book is composed of minute, poetic observations of nature by it's lead female protagonist, Lady Murasaki. This ancient novel takes as its premise the fundamental interconnectivity of all things, and the fleeting, transitory awareness this recognition engenders. Nature is depicted not as a force, but as the vehicle that inspires in us contemplation and reverie.


A 48 x 96 inch painting (pigment, dye, urethane, resin, aluminum) from the new series "Yoake" (Dawn) as well as ink on aluminum alucore "Kumo" (Cloud) paintings in addition to works on paper from the series "Gekkou" (Moonlight) will be on view.


The works in this exhibition are an ongoing investigation into time and temporality. Ando employs visual vocabulary drawn from natural phenomena and reimagines it utilizing metal-based materials. Her paintings of cloud phenomena become a frozen record in time, focusing on the transformative power of shifting light. The works echo the way the sun changes the quality of light in the sky to obscure the true color of everything it strikes.


Created by painting on sheets of aluminum with chemicals and then manipulating color and texture using heat, sandpaper, dyes, and other processes, these works nonetheless contain tremendous spiritual depth.


Highly industrial and technically painstaking, Ando's works evoke a meditative quality, born from her own cultural roots and her ongoing Buddhist practice.


On Display until February 17, 2018.