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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating Ocula Conversation Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating

Zoe Butt is the artistic director of The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, the first purpose-built space for contemporary art in Vietnam. Founded in March 2016, the Centre was designed by HTAP Architects in an old steel warehouse, with cargo shipping containers added to its structure. Initiated as a social enterprise...

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Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 Ocula Report Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 11 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

即将于2019年7月13开幕的第二届 Condo Shanghai,联合上海7座画廊/艺术机构与14 家来自全球11个不同的城市,如东京、首尔、雅加达、巴尔的摩、洛杉矶、伦敦、纽约、危地马拉城、利马和墨西哥城,为实验性展览营造了一个更切实可行的国际环境。以下是Ocula的展览看点。周奥,《景观/对象WA》(2016)。橡木上固化油墨打印,左: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,中: 121.92 × 152.4 cm,右: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,图片提供:马凌画廊,上海。马凌画廊 × 80m2 Livia Benavides × LABOR × Proyectos Ultravioleta马凌画廊 |...

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Miya Ando

b. 1978, USA

A descendant of Bizen sword makers, New York-based emerging artist Miya Ando was raised among sword smiths tuned Buddhist priests in a temple in Okayama, Japan. Ando is half Japanese and half Russian-American and grew up bilingually within two distinct cultures, spending her childhood between Japan and Northern California. She received a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and attended Yale University to study Buddhist iconography and imagery.

After university, she apprenticed at the master metal smith Hattori Studio in Japan and in 2009 did a residency at Northern California's Public Art Academy.

Combining traditional techniques of her ancestry with modern industrial technology, Ando skillfully transforms sheets of burnished steel and anodized aluminum into ephemeral, abstract paintings suffused with subtle gradations of color. The foundation of her practice is the transformation of surfaces. She produces light-reflecting gradients on her metal paintings by applying heat, sandpaper, grinders, acid and patinas, irrevocably altering the material’s chemical properties. It’s by an almost meditative daily repetition of these techniques that Ando is able to subtract, reduce and distill her concept until it reaches its simplest form. For Ando, the paradoxical pairing of metal with spiritual subject matter is intentional.

Featured Artworks

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Ephemeral Vermillion by Miya Ando contemporary artwork
Miya AndoEphemeral Vermillion, 2015 Urethane, pigment, and resin on aluminium
91.5 x 91.5 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
New Moon 4.19.2.1 by Miya Ando contemporary artwork
Miya AndoNew Moon 4.19.2.1, 2019 24k gold, pigment, resin, urethane, stainless steel
61 x 61 cm
Ben Brown Fine Arts
Phenomena 40.40.3 by Miya Ando contemporary artwork
Miya AndoPhenomena 40.40.3, 2017 Pigment, urethane, aluminium
101.6 x 101.6 cm
Ben Brown Fine Arts
Alchemy (Shou Sugi Ban) Pale Gold 3.19.2.2.1 by Miya Ando contemporary artwork
Miya AndoAlchemy (Shou Sugi Ban) Pale Gold 3.19.2.2.1, 2019 Charred redwood, silver nitrate, pigment
61 x 61 cm
Ben Brown Fine Arts
Night Tondo Shift 4.19.4.1 by Miya Ando contemporary artwork
Miya AndoNight Tondo Shift 4.19.4.1, 2019 Pigment, urethane, resin, aluminium composite
121.9 x 121.9 cm
Ben Brown Fine Arts
Vermillion Moon 5.19.3.1 by Miya Ando contemporary artwork
Miya AndoVermillion Moon 5.19.3.1, 2019 24k gold, pigment, mica, urethane, resin
91.4 x 91.4 cm
Ben Brown Fine Arts
Vermillion 4.19.3.3.1 by Miya Ando contemporary artwork
Miya AndoVermillion 4.19.3.3.1, 2019 Pigment, resin and urethane on aluminium
91.4 x 91.4 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
November Cloud Kumo 7 by Miya Ando contemporary artwork
Miya AndoNovember Cloud Kumo 7, 2017 Ink and dye on aluminium composite
121.9 x 121.9 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery

Current Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Singapore Summer Show at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore
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13 June–10 August 2019 Group Exhibition Singapore Summer Show Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Elements of Transcendence at Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong
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15 June–9 September 2019 Group Exhibition Elements of Transcendence Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Between Earth and Sky at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
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23 July–24 August 2019 Group Exhibition Between Earth and Sky Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Chelsea, New York

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Miya Ando at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York Ocula Insight Miya Ando at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York By Katie Fallen

There is something quite surprising about Miya Ando, the latest artist to have a solo show with Sundaram Tagore Gallery in New York. Half Japanese and half Russian, Ando is a descendant of Bizen sword makers and spent her childhood among Buddhist priests in a temple in Okayama, Japan. Yet today, she lives and works in New York, with her studio...

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In Related Press

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Miya Ando at Sundaram Tagore, Hong Kong Related Press Miya Ando at Sundaram Tagore, Hong Kong Artforum : 26 October 2015

Ando is a descendant of Bizen swordsmiths and spent part of her childhood among Buddhist priests at a temple in Okayama in southern Japan. She apprenticed at Hattori Studio, with a Japanese master metalsmith, and has founded her practice on the transformation of metal surfaces using heat, sandpaper, grinders, pigments, dyes, and other chemical...

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In Conversation: Sundaram Tagore Related Press In Conversation: Sundaram Tagore Laura Thomson : 8 May 2015

Established in 2000, Sundaram Tagore Gallery is devoted to examining the exchange of ideas between Western and non-Western cultures.Gallery Founder, Sundaram Tagore, is an art historian, gallerist and award-winning documentary filmmaker. He was born in Calcutta in 1961 and manages four galleries between New York City, Hong Kong and...

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Art World Abstracts: Ferguson'S Street Art In The Spotlight Related Press Art World Abstracts: Ferguson'S Street Art In The Spotlight Alanna Martinez for the New York Observer / 25 November 2014 : 26 November 2014

The decision not to indict Darren Wilson the white police officer who shot a black unarmed teen named Michael Brown three months ago in Ferguson, Missouri has rocked the country in the few hours since its announcement, with demonstrations erupting from Ferguson to Union Square in Manhattan. This is much more than an art news story, but the public...

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Interview: Miya Ando In Hong Kong Related Press Interview: Miya Ando In Hong Kong Art Radar Asia / 07 March 2014 : 10 March 2014

Descended from Bizen sword makers, half Japanese and half American artist Miya Ando grew up bilingual with two distinct cultures influencing her unusual art practice. As a child, Ando lived in a Buddhist temple in Okayama, Japan, and was raised among swordsmiths-turned-Buddhist priests. This upbringing led her to undertake a Bachelor’s degree...

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