“I hope to put forth work that is meditative and peaceful.” - Miya Ando.
Miya Ando is an American artist who lives and works between New York City and Los Angeles. Over the past decade, Ando’s work has been the subject of nearly 50 solo exhibitions in New York, Singapore, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Tokyo, Seattle, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, Copenhagen and Paris, including recent solo exhibitions at The Noguchi Museum (New York), SCAD Museum (Savannah College of Art and Design), Savannah, GA; The Nassau County Museum and The American University Museum. Her work has also been included in one hundred group exhibitions in New York, Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong, Munich, Tokyo, Brussels, Dubai, Sydney, Berlin, Dublin, Manila, Los Angeles, Seattle, Detroit, and Aspen including exhibitions at institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA; the Bronx Museum, New York, NY; the Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY and The Nassau County Museum, NY. Her work is included in the permanent public collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), The Detroit Institute of Art Museum (DIA), and The Luft Museum (Germany) as well as in numerous private collections. Her work is featured in the current exhibition, Crystals in Art : Ancient to Today, at the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, AR. Ando has been the recipient of several grants and awards including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant Award and commission for The Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan, CT. She exhibited her work in “Frontiers Reimagined” during the 56th Venice Biennale.
LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), CA
The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
Four Seasons Hotel, Lanai, HI
Berkowitz Collection, Miami, FL
Jean Paul Najar Foundation Museum Collection, Dubai UAE
Peggy Cooper Cafritz Collection, Duke Ellington School of Arts, Washington DC
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), CA
Luftmuseum (Air Museum) Germany
Mercedes-Benz Falcons Stadium Collection, Atlanta, GA
DIA (Detroit Institute of Arts Museum), MI
SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) Museum, GA
San Francisco Airport Art Collection, San Francisco, CA
The Chapman University Art Collection, CA
The "Kumo" (Clouds) series investigates an individual's relationship to time. Employing a vocabulary of clouds, Ando evokes transitoriness and causes an awareness of the present moment. This series is inspired by a notion that is fundamental to both Buddhism and quantum physics: that all constituent forms that create up the universe are temporary.
Ando uses industrial materials to make visuals of always-changing environments, creating an engaging dichotomy between the strength and solidity of the work’s materials, and the notions of ephemerality that drive the work. While these environments may appear fragile and transitory, they are also powerful forces of nature. Derived from Buddhist teachings about eternal change and life’s impermanence, the artworks challenge viewers’ perceptions of reality.
The glass sculptures are created with microscopic fractures of the glass itself. When the glass is fractured, it turns from transparent to opaque. Nothing is embedded or etched on the surface. The glass remains a solid block; fractures occur in the center of the block so the surface is smooth to touch. Glass exists in a state between a liquid and a solid. This naturally amorphous material is a continued investigation into themes of transformation and transitory environments.
Although the images of clouds are static, the surfaces of the glass appears to shift as it reflects the changing surrounding environment. This fluid characteristic reminds the viewer of the evanescent nature of the world.
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Miya Ando. Solo exhibition at the Noguchi Museum, Queens, New York.
Miya Ando. On view at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Miya Ando. Public installation at Los Angeles International Airport.