Miya Ando "Atmosphere"
Former Bay Area resident Miya Ando returns with a new body of work, entitled Atmosphere, at Nancy Toomey Fine Art at Minnesota Street Project. An avid materialist and descendant of Japanese sword maker Ando Yoshiko Masakatsu, Miya Ando introduces a new technique involving woven silver fibers into a gossamer textile, the qualities of which are enhanced by the application by patina, allowing for the manipulation of the reflected light. The subtlety of emotion of these works cannot be understated; they softly coax attention and gradually draw the viewer closer in order to encourage the relationship and exchange between material and the appropriated light. The contemplative, opalescent static displays seem to insinuate varying degrees of movement throughout the contours of her materials while the connection between mood and chromatic characteristics are evaluated in tandem with each material’s inherent properties.June 14, 2016