Pandasan diamondsstrass - Pink Colour, 2011
Mix Media Resin and Diamonds Strass
55 x 45 x 45cm
Japanese artist Hiro Ando is known for his colourful sculptures, which are his interpretation of both Japanese popular culture as well as tradition. His work conflates Japanese icons like Hello Kitty, the Samurai, and in this case Pandas, to create a dialogue between past and present. Through this work, Ando recontextualizes the Panda, a national icon, by covering it in bright, multi colored diamonds. The shiny sculpture, its bright colours and sharp but rounded shape takes the viewer into the world of Manga in which Ando and his generation grew up with, and provides a youthful modern lens with which to view the tradition of Japan through.
- +Artist Bio
Acquiring his degree from the University of Art, Hiro Ando began his prolific career in 1995 in Tokyo, depicting its nighttime urban landscape. With a lot of inspiration, the streets proved to be an endless source of material for his narratives which often included the red fish in addition to the urban background. The act of the red fish in his paintings greatly reminds of the ancient Japanese watercolor paintings, thus making his work permeated with both a contemporary and traditional feeling. With his artistic beginnings tied to illustration, he would draw several sketches before actually working on the canvas, and his practice has since spread to video material, digital support, and sculpture.
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