Archives for the ‘Past exhibitions’ Category

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

“In pursuit of an ideal insight” art competition

ANNUAL ART COMPETITION

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January 20 – February 10, 2009

“XanaduART” gallery is proud to host its annual “In pursuit of an ideal insight” art competition. The competition, which aims to showcase this year’s best new paintings by emerging artists, is an important part of “XanaduART” gallery’s pledge to foster artistic creativity and encourage innovative endeavors. This is the third installment of the annual event. The competition is judged by a panel of experts upon the following merits: creativity, composition and expression of meaning. Winners of past year’s competitions have gone on to show their work both in Mongolia and abroad: last year’s prize winner Bold Badral represented Mongolia at the Tiger Translate Global Showcase event in London, UK in September, 2008.

More than 50 artists entered this year’s competition, making the exhibition an interesting cross-section of Mongolian contemporary art scene. Although more than 100 works were received, the panel of judges selected 15 shortlisted works to be displayed at XanaduART gallery beginning January 20, and the two winning works of art will be announced at the closing of the exhibition. The winners of this year’s competition will accompany XanaduART gallery artists to the CIGE 2009 art fair to be held in Beijing, China in April, 2009.

UPDATE

B. Orkhontuul’s painting entitled “Right now” and T. Erdenetuya’s “Vital” triptych were declared the winning works of art in XanaduART gallery’s “In pursuit of an ideal insight III” art competition. Both artists are students of the Institute of Fine Arts, Ulaanbaatar.

For more information about this exhibition please call XanaduART gallery at 976-11-310239 (Mongolian) or e-mail info@xanaduartgallery.org (English).

WORKS EXHIBITED

D.BATMUNKH & Sh.YADAMSUREN: “U2 color”

U2 COLOR

December 12 – 26, 2008
Opening reception: December 12, 2009 at 4 p.m.

XanaduART gallery is pleased to present a joint exhibition by artists D.Batmunkh and Sh.Yadamsuren entitled “U2 color”, which features watercolor works by both artists.

For more information about this exhibition please call XanaduART gallery at 976-11-310239 (Mongolian) or e-mail info@xanaduartgallery.org (English).

“To be continued” group exhibition

TO BE CONTINUED

November 28 – December 10, 2008
Opening reception: November 28 at 5 p.m.

XanaduART gallery is hosting a group exhibition by a group of students of the Institute of Fine Arts entitled “To be continued”.

For more information about this exhibition please call XanaduART gallery at 976-11-310239 (Mongolian) or e-mail info@xanaduartgallery.org (English).