Through exploring a variety of media and approaches, Andrew Binkley uncovers and examines our notions of time and stages of transformation towards awakening and letting go. Binkley’s work acts as a reflection on the relationship of arising and passing away, as well as our own relationship with impermanence, by inviting a shift into acceptance and appreciation.
Andrew Binkley is an American artist based on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. He attended the Kansas City Art Institute, but left to live throughout China, which eventually led to his ordaining as a Buddhist monk in Thailand for several years. Since leaving monastic life, Binkley has devoted himself to the practice of art and exhibited internationally with The Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan), the Downtown Film Festival (Los Angeles), the Queens Museum of Art (New York), Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art (China), and the Honolulu Biennial (Honolulu). He has also exhibited site-specific works in venues ranging from an ancient castle in England to a WWII air-raid shelter in Poland, and from a former tennis court at the Honolulu Museum of Art to the hi-deserts of Joshua Tree National Park to the streets of Seattle with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Binkley was the recipient of the 2009 Cynthia Eyre Award nominated by Laura Hoptman, Senior Curator of the New Museum, New York and presented by Honolulu Academy of Arts as well as receiving the 2010 Best of Show award by Carol McCusker PhD, Curator of Photography at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego. His artworks and written articles have been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Interior Design and ZOOM Magazine including its cover for the Sept/Oct 2009 edition. Binkley has presented lectures at Fudan University, Shanghai and The University of Hawaii at Manoa where he was invited to be an artist-in-residence. His work also extends to collaborative video+sound performances with musician, Christopher Willits, as well as the album cover for world-renowned musician, Ryuichi Sakamoto’s collaboration with Willits released by Ghostly International. Binkley’s works may be found within the collections of Shanghai Zendai MoMA, The Buhl Foundation and Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.