GonKar GyaTso

13 Oct

CONTEMPORARY TIBETAN ART

http://gonkargyatso.com/

“… Gyatso’s art proposes insightful statements on cultural hybridity of globalization as well as the sea change of the world yet to come.”

bio

  • London and New York based
  • Art shown internationally
  • Founder of Contemporary Tibetan Art gallery The Sweet Tea House
  • 2009 53rd Venice Biennale: controversial

recent work

Shambala of the Modern Times, 2008

Medium:

  • small stickers  of branding logos, typography, and recognizable  cartoon characters

Concept:

  • constructed images of a modern day Buddha.
  • Explores the visual language of art while connecting back to ethnic origin.

 

 

 

 

past vs. present

Gyatso does not define himself as social critic, or political artist, his paintings creates dialogue between past and present cultures.  combining recognizable popular cultural imagery with traditional elements and visual motifs of Tibetan thangka paintings, the artist gently plays with questions such as “what aspects of a culture is valued to be represented through artwork.”

connection to past

Buddha modern world; meticulous, traditional, bold colors, mandala.

Inner vs. the Outer World

THANGKA PAINTINGS

  • Traditional Tibetan painting
  • Buddha, Buddhist city, or a mandala
  • Rich, colorful, religious objects
  • MEDITATION: used to reflect, identifying and developing the qualities of the painting.
  • compassion & wisdom

 

 

 

MANDALA

  • BASIC FORM: square with four gates and circle with a center point.
  • SPIRITUAL: a teach tool to establish a sacred space & as an aid in meditation
  • RITUAL: performed by monks,meticulous technical skills & ways to actively seek spiritual calm and moral fortitude

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Representation of the unconscious self.” – psychologist Carl Jung

 

resources

Article about Contemporary Tibetan Art and the influence of Gonkar Gyatso

Information on Classic and Contemporary Tibetan Art– Rossi & Rossi

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