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MIYA ANDO: Tides and Phases of The Moon
October 3rd – November 23rd , 2013
Opening reception: Thursday, October 3rd, 5:30-7:30pm

Full autumn moon
To my gate comes rising
Crested tide (Basho)

K. Imperial Fine Art is pleased to present a new body of work by New York based artist Miya Ando. In Tides & Phases of the Moon, her first solo exhibit with the gallery, Ando explores light and hues inspired by tidal shifts and currents driven by gravitational lunar forces.

Ando, a descendant of Bizen sword makers and Buddhist priests, was raised between a temple in Okayama, Japan and the Santa Cruz Mountains of Northern California. She combines traditional techniques of her ancestry with her own innovations in modern industrial technology. The foundation of her practice is the transformation of surfaces—creating ephemeral meditative paintings with subtle gradations of color from the highly rigorous and demanding cultivation of heavy metals and other manufacturing materials. Ando shares her motivation: “the heart of my artwork is expressing harmony between contradictory things, interconnectivity and transformation.”

For Tides and Phases of the Moon, Ando speaks to the interdependency of all processes in our natural world by addressing the inextricably linked tidal currents with the moon’s force of gravity. Gravitation, one of the four fundamental interactions of nature, is a phenomenon that shapes our solar system dramatically. Ando investigates this intrinsic interconnectedness through a highly rigorous transformation of elements. 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. She says: "My work is an exploration into the duality of metal and its ability to convey strength and permanence, yet in the same instance absorb shifting color and capture the fleetingness of light. It reminds us of the transitory nature of all things in life."

Inspired by Matsuo Basho’s Haiku: 'Full autumn moon, To my gate comes rising, Crested tide,” Ando’s new series Tides and Phases of the Moon, gives us space for quiet reflection on the immense natural forces at work around us.

Miya Ando received a bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and attended Yale University to study Buddhist iconography and imagery. She apprenticed with the master metal smith Hattori Studio in Japan, followed by a residency at Northern California's Public Art Academy in 2009. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2012. Her work has been exhibited extensively all over the world, including in a recent show curated by Nat Trotman of the Guggenheim Museum. Miya Ando has produced numerous public commissions, most notably a thirty-foot-tall commemorative sculpture in London built from World Trade Center steel to mark the ten-year anniversary of 9/11. She lives and works in New York.

K Imperial Fine Art is located at 49 Geary Street on the 4th floor in San Francisco. The artist reception for MIYA ANDO: Tides and Phases of The Moon will be held on Thursday, October 3rd from 5:30- 7:30 pm. For more information on Miya Ando or to inquire about the work, please contact gallery director Aimee Friberg at (415) 277-7230 or aimee@kimperialfineart.com .

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