Sharon Anderson of the Marina Times reviewed the Miya Ando exhibition Oborozuki (Moon Obscured by Clouds) on view at Nancy Toomey Fine Art through February 22, 2018.
by Sharon Anderson – February 1, 2018
…[Miya] Ando’s use of metal as the nature of the material is unique in that it redirects fleeting light. Mutable and mercurial surfaces change and shift as the viewers walk around the gallery space and see the art from various vantage points. This has been part of the vocabulary Ando employs to communicate and investigate our relationship to time and temporality. She explains, “My hope is that the experiential nature of the paintings will create an opportunity for the viewers to become aware of the present moment, as they encounter the transitory properties of light. Being reflective, the paintings change depending on the time of day, the seasons, and reflect the particular conditions of the space.”
Created by painting on sheets of aluminum with chemicals, Ando then manipulates the color and texture using heat, sandpaper, dyes, and other processes. Though highly industrial and technically painstaking, Ando’s works have a sacred and devotional sensibility drawn from her own cultural roots and her ongoing Buddhist practice.
As well as employing imagery derived from nature, Ando’s art also draws influence form the oldest known Japanese novel, The Tale of Genji. Written by Murasaki Shikibu, the story consists of poetic observations regarding nature by its protagonist, Lady Murasaki. The Tale of Genji, also considered the world’s first novel and a novel also written by a woman, takes as its premise the fundamental interconnectivity of all things and the awareness of passing moments that this recognition inspires. Nature functions as a source of human insight. The author’s underlying Buddhist ideas about all things being transitory is another aspect that interests Ando. “There is a relatively unknown character in the book named Lady Oborozuki (Moon obscured by clouds), and this idea of naming this exhibition after particular conditions of the moon was something I was drawn to.” Read more…