(Brooklyn, New York)
October 23, 2008
For Immediate Release: Art Commission Raises Funds and Spirits
St. John's Bread and Life - the largest provider of Emergency Food Service in the NYC boroughs - no longer calls a leaky church basement its home. Thanks to a move into a massive factory space and an ambitious renovation project, this city staple will expand from servicing 353,514 New Yorkers to helping 435,995 through its on site and outreach programs. St John's Bread and Life is known for their visionary Digital Food Pantry, media library and future solar roof. (They aim to be the first Green Soup Kitchen in the country!)
With $10,000,000 in renovations already completed ahead of schedule and on budget in the last year, St. John's Bread and Life is now working to meet their next goal.
Often patrons are asked to buy a brick or a seat in an auditorium to show support. An artistic variation on that theme, St John's has commissioned artist Miya Ando to create a large installation of her metal canvases.
About the Artwork:
A symbol of serenity and solace, Miya Ando's minimalist steel canvases elegantly connect donors at St. John's Bread and Life with those they support. Ando's minimalist grid of 5" x 5" metal reflective squares offers solace and inner reflection. The artwork unifies all who view it by transcending differentiating those seeking to help from those seeking help. The installation is both meditative and a tribute to honoring, respecting and nourishing. Well refined and poignant in its message, the art is a symbol of the good one can contribute while reminding St. John's exists through generosity.
Ando's grid of 144 squares work together to compose a visual and conceptual reference to St. John's embodiment of hope, strength and vision. Each individual square is able to be sponsored in support of St John's. A grant matching funds collected through selling Ando's installation could double the total amount raised.
About the Artist:
"For the past 11 years I have been creating works on steel canvas. My reasons for working with steel are multifold: since the first time I started to work with the medium, I felt a deep appreciation for the dynamic properties of the material. It simultaneously conveys strength and permanence and yet in the same instant appears delicate, fragile, luminous, soft, ethereal. I view the steel as a platform and foundation which supports the aesthetics of the abstract concepts I have been investigating. The medium becomes both a contradiction and juxtaposition for expressing notions of evanescence, including ideas such as the transitory and ephemeral nature of all things, quietude and the underlying impermanence of everything." - Miya Ando, 2008
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