The recent series, "Redwood (Spirit)," pictures trees on large suspended silk chiffon panels spread throughout the exhibition space, dictating a meandering path through the exhibition. Redwoods are the tallest growing trees, and some of the world’s oldest living entities. Once spread across the globe, these ancient giants are now found in confined geographic areas. In the exhibition, the diaphanous panels appear as ghostly expressions of these redwood trees, a barely there interpretation as if it were a memory.
"Emptiness the Sky," an installation created in 2015, is an immersive cube measuring 7 feet in all directions and clad in blackened wood using the Japanese technique of Shou Sugi Ban, the act of scorching building materials until they harden to form a protective layer against the elements. The interior of the space consists of highly reflective, polished metal paintings, a levity that contrasts with the heavy exterior. The artwork illustrates Ando’s interest in creating seamless abstract surfaces that prompt contemplation.