The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) and the New York City Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Art Program are pleased to announce Ringing Waves, a temporary art installation on the bridge at 45th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues by artist Asae Soya. Soya’s mural visualizes the multitude of sound waves that pervade New York City, such as voices, traffic noises and music. Sound waves circulate within the city generating a force of energy. In addition, the wave forms in this work are a metaphor for the numerous perspectives that coexist within this city.
Asae Soya received her doctorate in painting from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2006. Her awards include the First Prize in Vision of Contemporary Art, 2002 and the SHELL ART AWARD, 2002. Her recent solo exhibitions include sora-iro, Art Tower Mito, 2013; Float, Nishimura Gallery, 2011; Swim, Obuse Museum, 2011 and Ringing, Shiseido Gallery, 2010. Her group exhibitions include shows at Fuchu Art Museum, Art Tower Mito, Sezon Museum of Modern Art, and PYO Gallery, Beijing. Soya has major public works in the Sankei Building, Totsuka Ward Office, Art Tower Mito, Takamatsu City Museum of Art, and Tokyo Station Gallery. In 2013, Soya’s collection of works Asae Soya: sora-iro (color of the air) was published by Seigensha Art Publishing.
The New York City Department of Transportation launched the Art Program in October 2008 to invigorate the City’s streetscapes with engaging temporary art installations. The Program partners with community organizations and artists to present murals, sculptures, projections, and performances on public property such as plazas, fences, barriers, footbridges, and sidewalks. Soya’s Ringing Waves is part of Participatory Projects, ISCP’s program that commissions new works by current residents and alumni in the public realm. This is the eight collaboration between the two organizations.
Special thanks to Agency for Cultural Affairs, the Japanese Government, KANEKA Corporation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Marcus Pierce Fine Art, Gaku Tsutaja, Hiroshi Taguchi and Taeko Nanpei for their support.