Miya Ando: Clouds

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - Sunday, August 19, 2018



The Noguchi Museum presents Miya Ando: Clouds, an installation of two site-specific sculptures in the Museum’s indoor-outdoor gallery. The works, suspended plate-glass sculptures internally etched with images of clouds, share Isamu Noguchi’s interest in sculpting ephemeral materials, and in using them to shape space.

Raised in a Buddhist temple by the sea in Okayama, Japan, and on 25-acres of redwood forest in coastal Northern California, artist Miya Ando has always been drawn to the immaterial quality of fog and clouds. She began creating images of clouds in glass cubes and slabs in 2011. Pushing the limits of commercial laser etching technology from the outset, she started small. By collaborating with a highly specialized factory, she has been able to gradually enlarge them. The two examples for the Museum, the first she has decided to hang—Haku-Un (White Cloud) 4.8.1, the largest to date, and Haku-Un (White Cloud) 3.3.1—take the work in a new, more environmental direction.

The pairing of her clouds with Noguchi’s large basalt sculptures was inspired by a Japanese Zengo (or Zen phrase): “Blue mountain does not move. White cloud comes and goes naturally.” Although the etched image of clouds in the glass is static, the surface of the glass seems to move, as it mirrors changes in the environment. Meanwhile, the clouds shift in and out of sight as viewers walk around them. Seeming to expand and collapse in the charged landscape of the Museum’s indoor-outdoor gallery (Area 1), they are a conceptual and perceptual analogue for Noguchi’s collapsible Akari light sculptures—the subject of the Museum’s current exhibition Akari: Sculpture by Other Means.

About Miya Ando

Miya Ando is based in New York City and Los Angeles. Her work has been the subject of international solo exhibitions including at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design), Savannah, GA; Shibuya Seibu, Tokyo, Japan; Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, NY; and Lesley Kehoe Galleries, Melbourne, Australia. Her art has also been included in group exhibitions at institutions including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), CA; San Jose Museum of Art, CA; Bronx Museum, New York, NY; and Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY. Her work is included in the collections of LACMA and the Detroit Institute of Arts, MI, as well as in numerous private collections. Ando has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant Award and Commission for The Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan, CT.

Miya Ando: Clouds is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


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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.


On view through February 25 2018 “Looking Glass” Exhibition @cornellartmuseum #Alchemy series #sculpture solid #Redwood & #Silver Nitrate #Gekkou (#Moonlight) #worksonpaper #miyaando




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Large scale commission

Two 48" x 96" pigment urethane aluminum #paintings #installed! @terauch1 #miyaando @hirotaketoyokawa @aakiiie



Gallery talk for exhibitions: 'Temporal' and 'Other Situations'

Thursday, Aug. 17

5:30 p.m.SCAD Museum of Art

Savannah, GA

601 Turner Blvd.

Join museum curators and exhibiting artists for a gallery talk to celebrate the opening of two solo exhibitions at the SCAD Museum of Art: "Temporal" by Miya Ando and "Other Situations" by Liliana Porter.

The gallery talk is led by Storm Janse Van Rensburg, SCAD head curator of exhibitions, and Humberto Moro, SCAD curator of exhibitions. An Argentinian wine tasting follows the talk, hosted by the Consulate General of Argentina in Atlanta, in the presence of General Consul Jorge López Menardi.

New York-based artist Miya Ando explores images and materials and their associative cultural significance. Her exhibition brings together three significant works and series made of wood, steel and silk chiffon. "Temporal" underscores the artist’s interest in the contrasts between the steadfast and the ephemeral, the secular and the spiritual. "Temporal" is on view Aug. 17, 2017 through Jan. 14, 2018.

Liliana Porter is best known for her photographs and installations exploring the conflicting boundaries between reality and fiction and the ways in which images are circulated and consumed. Selected works feature anonymous miniature figurines confronted with overwhelming tasks as a metaphor for the burden of labor and domesticity; others present icons such as Joan of Arc and Che Guevara as their legacies are reduced to representations in cheap, everyday merchandise. "Other Situations" is on view Aug. 17, 2017 through Jan. 7, 2018.

The gallery talk and wine tasting are free and open to the public.





My painting #Kumo (#Cloud) will be exhibited september 14 @lacma #losangeles Los Angeles County Museum of Art





Miya Ando exhibition: 'Temporal'

Thursday, Aug. 17-Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018SCAD Museum of Art

Savannah, GA

601 Turner Blvd.

SCAD Museum of Art presents an exhibition by Miya Ando that profiles her ongoing, finely calibrated exploration of images and materials and their cultural significance. "Temporal" brings together three significant works and series in the artist’s oeuvre, made of wood, steel and silk chiffon. The nature of these materials provides important conceptual markers and underscores the artist’s interest in the contrasts between the steadfast and the ephemeral, the secular and spiritual.

The recent series, "Redwood (Spirit)," pictures trees on large suspended silk chiffon panels spread throughout the exhibition space, dictating a meandering path through the exhibition. Redwoods are the tallest growing trees, and some of the world’s oldest living entities. Once spread across the globe, these ancient giants are now found in confined geographic areas. In the exhibition, the diaphanous panels appear as ghostly expressions of these redwood trees, a barely there interpretation as if it were a memory.

"Emptiness the Sky," an installation created in 2015, is an immersive cube measuring 7 feet in all directions and clad in blackened wood using the Japanese technique of Shou Sugi Ban, the act of scorching building materials until they harden to form a protective layer against the elements. The interior of the space consists of highly reflective, polished metal paintings, a levity that contrasts with the heavy exterior. The artwork illustrates Ando’s interest in creating seamless abstract surfaces that prompt contemplation.

A descendant of Bizen province sword makers, Ando spent her childhood among Buddhist priests in a temple in Okayama, Japan, and later, in California. She apprenticed with master metalsmiths at Hattori Studio in Japan, followed by a residency at the Northern California Public Art Academy. She earned a B.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and studied Buddhist iconography and imagery at Yale University.  Her work has been shown at the De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, California, in an exhibition curated by Nat Trotman of the Guggenheim Museum, and in an exhibition at the Queens Museum, New York, among others.

"Temporal" is curated by Storm Janse van Rensburg, SCAD head curator of exhibitions.

Gallery Talk: Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

Museum hours:

Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


From Kusama to Turrell, 9 Artists Who Made Perfect Spaces for Meditation ARTSY EDITORIAL BY MITCH SAWYER JUL 22ND, 2017

It’s a safe bet that anyone who’s spent a prolonged amount of time looking at a painting—or failing that, can recall theSeuratscene fromFerris Bueller’s Day Off—can recognize the meditative power of art. But several artists have taken this idea further, building entire environments meant to help viewers experience deep serenity or contemplation. From giant saltwater tanks to secluded Appalachian outposts, these nine works provide space to guide in focused meditation.



Miya Ando, 8 Fold Path, 2009

Miya Ando, 8 Fold Path, 2009. Courtesy of the artist.

    Ando describes her works as “studies in nothingness.” Raised partly in a secluded Buddhist temple in Okayama, Japan, she says her spiritual practice informs her exploration of simplicity and reduction. In 2009, Ando donated her work 8 Fold Path to the Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society in Los Angeles. The work comprises a grid of four steel plates shaded by a thin application of patina. 8 Fold Path serves as a reminder of the dharma wheel—a visual representation of Buddhism’s noble eightfold path—for the L.A. space’s practitioners, who meditate facing the pedestal above which the work hangs.