Archives for the ‘2009’ Category

BADRAL Bold: “1985”

“1985” SOLO EXHIBITION

Badral Bold - Portraits

November 18 – December 19, 2009
Opening: November 18, 2009 at 5 p.m.

XanaduART gallery is pleased to host Badral Bold’s solo exhibition entitled “1985”. This is the first solo show by Badral Bold, who is a XanaduART gallery artist.

Although the self-portrait is the genre of choice for Badral, his portraits are dominated by non-figurative elements designed to disguise and obscure the central subject of the work – the artist himself. He seeks to explore the boundaries of personal and artistic identity, and his works are characterized by blurry and distorted outlines of facial features that seem to continue beyond the canvas. In doing so, Badral questions the representative quality of the portrait and whether individual identity can be adequately expressed by painterly techniques. Accordingly, Badral seeks to vary his choice of medium as he often experiments with different techniques. For instance, his latest series of self-portraits use sheer linoleum instead of canvas, which effectively transforms the atmosphere of the work. As these pieces are meant to be hung with a light source behind them, they seem to embody the ephemeral quality of the artist’s work. The individual portraits in these series are never complete – if one portrait focuses on the eyes, the other brings forth the mouth, while the third is a mere outline of the artist’s face. However, when contemplated in unison, they seem to form a unique whole that attests to the artist’s vision.

A senior year student at the Institute of Fine Arts, Badral joined XanaduART gallery upon winning the first prize in the gallery’s “In pursuit of an ideal insight″ art competition in 2007. In 2008, Badral represented Mongolia at the Tiger Translate Global Showcase held in London, UK. 

“1985” will be on view at XanaduART gallery from November 18 until December 19, 2009. Gallery hours: Monday through Sunday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. For more information, please contact the gallery at 976-11-310239 or e-mail info@xanaduartgallery.org.

“Mongol zurag” group exhibition

MONGOL ZURAG
Group exhibition

E.Naidandorj - Desire - Gouache on canvas - 130x160 cm

July 1 – July 16, 2009
Opening reception: July 1, 2009 at 5 p.m.

XanaduART gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition of exciting new works by Mongol zurag artists to coincide with Naadam festivities.

Mongol zurag, a unique medium that duly attests to the great history of the Mongols, ranks highly among the rich tradition of Mongolian painterly techniques. As such, Mongol zurag is an amalgam of different influences – it is at once a mix of shamanistic nomadic culture of the early Mongols, Buddhist art as well as varios other artistic traditions. Although Mongol zurag had been almost abandoned during the socialist period, its recent revival has produced a number of interesting artists. “Mongol zurag” exhibition celebrates many such artists, whose works combine Mongol zurag techniques with contemporary motifs.

Please contact the gallery at 976-11-310239 (Mongolian) or e-mail info@xanaduartgallery.org (English) for more information regarding this exhibition.

Nature born through impression

Nature born through impression
Group exhibition

Ts.Amgalanbaatar

April 17 – May 7, 2009

“XanaduART” gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of Mongolian landscapes by artists Ts.Amgalanbaatar, A.Ankhbaatar, B.Ganbaatar, E.Gansukh, B.Bud, T.Baatartsogt, B.Erdenebat, B.Uurtsaikh and A.Uuganbayar entitled “Nature born through impression”.

The exhibition explores the diversity of Mongolia as artists present their interpretations of the Mongolian landscape and way of life. Wide steppes, tranquil rivers, idyllic country scenes and herders with their ubiquitous horses are the main subjects of “Nature born through impression”. Accordingly, works exhibited are characterized by vivid yet calm colors, which are unique to Mongolian landscape painting.

“Nature born through impression” will be on display until May 7, 2009. Please contact the gallery at 976-11-310239 (Mongolian) or e-mail info@xanaduartgallery.org (English) for more information regarding this exhibition.

BATZORIG Dugarsuren: “1×2 REPETITION 2×1″

D. Batzorig - 1x12 hurden - Oil on canvas - 176x268 cm

1×2 REPETITION 2×1

March 6 – March 25, 2009
Opening reception: March 6, 2009 at 5 p.m.

Batzorig Dugarsuren, better known by the name Bazo, is a fitting representative of the new generation of Mongolian artists to rise to prominence in the last few years. Although he is only 30 years old, Bazo has extensively exhibited both in Mongolia and abroad. In fact, he is one of the few Mongolian artists, who have had successful international gallery shows, having exhibited at an art gallery in St. Petersburg, Russia. This Friday, March 6th, a solo exhibition by the artist will be unveiled at XanaduART gallery.

Bazo’s later work centers upon the idea of eternal motion and reincarnation as symbolized by the form of the circle, an essential image both in the nomadic philosophy of Mongols and Buddhism. In this sense, the circle has multiple meanings in Bazo’s work – it is at once a representation of Mongolian history through the millennia, a personal quest for meaning as well as an artistic element full of possibilities. The artist approaches his subject in many different ways: he paints multi-colored circles on canvases, creates intricate wooden “wheels” or draws circumferences on the ground using odd archaic constructions made of logs, ropes and stones. Bazo’s circles provoke a variety of associations: from the Mongolian ger, the shamanic tambourine and the complicated symbolism of the circle in Buddhist philosophy to western land art and op art.

Although many artists have worked with the abstracted form of the circle, Bazo imparts a uniquely original vision to the subject matter through his masterful use of color and composition. According to the artist, the circle is a perfect shape, which compels him to seek its imperfections by either deforming its perfect form or creating an illusion of discontinuity within it. In some paintings, the form of the circle is nearly unrecognizable – its edges become blurred as the shape is dissipated by a few forceful strokes of the brush. Bazo often lets his paint drip on the canvases, which endows the rigid structure of his work with a spontaneous quality. Often his paintings have an eerie sense of deepness that draws the viewer into the abyss; however, when the artist plays with bright pink and neon green paint, his work becomes quite cheerful.   

Born in 1979, Bazo graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia with a painting degree in 2004. “1×2 REPETITION 2×1″ is his third solo exhibition.

Please contact the gallery at 976-11-310239 (Mongolian) or e-mail info@xanaduartgallery.org (English) for more information regarding this exhibition.

BADRAL Buyantogtokh: “The extra object”

B.Badral - The sick body has been left inside the wall - Oil on canvas - 50x100 cm

THE EXTRA OBJECT

February 13 – March 4, 2009
Opening: February 13, 2009 at 5 p.m.

XanaduART gallery is pleased to present B. BADRAL’s solo exhibition entitled “The extra object”. The exhibition showcases the artist’s latest portraits and nudes. 

Badral’s work greatly differs from the traditional definition of portraiture given the highly abstract nature of his works. Badral is not interested in the outward appearance of his subjects, instead, he wants to portray their inner world with its suffering, hidden desires and inexpressible thoughts. Accordingly, he gives seemingly absurd titles to his paintings. For instance, a painting of a young man, whose facial features are merely outlined, is entitled “Paper, pen, fallen scratches and head”. The ambiguity and incomprehensiveness of the titles is mirrored by the artist’s simplicity of composition. Badral’s works are always self-referential – he is at once both the subject and the artist. Thus, his work abounds with mirror images – often, a portrait consists of two separate canvases depicting the same subject twice.

Born in 1985, B. Badral graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts in 2007 with a painting major. His work has been shown in various group exhibitions in UB, including UMA’s annual “Spring” exhibitions. “The extra object” is Badral’s first solo exhibition.

Please contact the gallery at 976-11-310239 (Mongolian) or e-mail info@xanaduartgallery.org (English) for more information regarding this exhibition.

SELECTED WORKS EXHIBITED