| Jul 21 to Aug 15 2015
Miya Ando and Karen Gunderson both draw inspiration from the physical world in their artworks. Both based in New York City, each artist employs varied techniques to capture the beauty, majesty and mystery of nature. Miya’s mixed-media pieces include sewn monofilament bodhi leaves, silver nitrate, chromed wood and a spectrum of techniques that coalesce in extraordinarily serene and harmonious compositions that reflect the artist’s education, while Karen Gunderson’s black oil landscape paintings exhibit her decades of devotion to her astounding craft.
Miya Ando received a bachelor degree in East Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and attended Yale University to study Buddhist iconography and imagery. She apprenticed with a master metal smith in Japan, followed by a residency at Northern California’s Public Art Academy in 2009. Ando 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 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 which is installed permanently at Zaha Hadid’s Aquatic Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. Her large-scale installation piece ‘Emptiness the Sky’ (Shou Sugi Ban) is featured in the 56th Venice Biennale, in the ‘Frontiers Reimagined’ Exhibition at the Museo Di Palazzo Grimani. She lives and works in New York.
Karen Gunderson was born in Racine, Wisconsin. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Wisconsin State University, Whitewater and both a Master of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City in painting and intermedia respectively. She has been the subject of numerous one-person shows throughout the United States and in Madrid, Spain and Sophia, Bulgaria. Gunderson has received many honors and awards, most notably a Lorenzo Magnifico Prize in Painting at the 2001 Florence Biennale, Italy. She has been named by noted critic Donald Kuspit as one of the New Old Masters, and was included in the New Old Masters show at the Museum of Gdansk, Poland.