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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...

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Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger Ocula Conversation Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger

In 2012, Melati Suryodarmo opened Studio Plesungan in her native Surakarta, also known as Solo, the historic royal capital of the Mataram Empire of Java in Indonesia. Suryodarmo had returned to Indonesia from Germany, where she studied Butoh and choreography with Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa, time-based media with avantgarde...

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City 15 Nov 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Under the direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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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.

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Featured Artworks

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Haku un (White Cloud) by Miya Ando contemporary artwork
Miya AndoHaku un (White Cloud), 2018 Solid glass
91.4 x 91.4 cm
Ben Brown Fine Arts
Shu-Iro (Vermillion) 6.19.3.3.1 by Miya Ando contemporary artwork
Miya AndoShu-Iro (Vermillion) 6.19.3.3.1, 2019 Pigment, resin and urethane on aluminium
91.4 x 91.4 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Night (Dark Green) 4.19.40.40.1 by Miya Ando contemporary artwork
Miya AndoNight (Dark Green) 4.19.40.40.1, 2019 Pigment and urethane on aluminium
101.6 x 101.6 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Moon Purple Dark Green Shift 6.19.4.1 by Miya Ando contemporary artwork
Miya AndoMoon Purple Dark Green Shift 6.19.4.1, 2019 Pigment, resin and urethane on aluminium
121.9 x 121.9 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
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

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Summer Group Show at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
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25 July–30 August 2019 Group Exhibition Summer Group Show Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Madison Avenue, New York
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
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

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Miya Ando: Traversing the Edge of a Forest Ocula Insight
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GILLMAN BARRACKS
Miya Ando: Traversing the Edge of a Forest 22 September 2017

Born to a Japanese mother and an American father, Miya Ando is very much a creature of both the East and West. Known for creating large-scale installations, paintings and sculptures redolent of natural phenomena, as a child she split her time between the redwood forests of Santa Cruz, California, and a Buddhist temple in Okayama, Japan, where her...

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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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