Kesang Lamdark

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Kesang Lamdark’s sculptures, plastic thangkas and lightboxes are evidence of the artist’s displaced and multicultural upbringing. Wherever he has lived, Lamdark has always felt like an outsider. His search for an appropriate cultural space ultimately turned inwards and he eventually came to understand and reconnect with his Tibetan heritage while living in the West. Lamdark’s Tibetan-Western identity lies in his ability to understand and find a balance between both cultures. Combining unusual materials, from hair to plastic, beer cans to nail polish, Lamdark’s life and works bring together the unfamiliar and revel in recycling everyday objects into works of art.

Born in 1963 in Dharamsala, India, Lamdark grew up in Switzerland where he apprenticed and worked as an interior architect. He went on to study at Parsons New School for Design in New York City, obtaining an MA in Visual Art at Columbia University. He currently lives and works in Switzerland.

Lamdark has successfully participated in numerous solo and group shows around the world. In 2012 he participated in the vibrant annual Dharamsala Interantional Artists’ Workshop and in 2013 he complete a residency at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz. Lamdark’s works are held in various private and public collections in Europe, Australia and the USA.

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    Yes

    2010
    beer can, print on fine art paper
    90 x 120 cm (35 ½ x 47 in)

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    Terror

    beer can, print on fine art paper
    90 x 120 cm (35 ½ x 47 in)

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    Cernuno

    2010
    melted plastic
    130 x 60 x 34 cm (51 1⁄8 x 23 ½ x 13 3⁄8 in)

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    Dwarf of the Golden Horse-Shit

    2007
    Horse dung, melted plastic, found object
    Height 30 cm (12 in) diameter variable

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    Pink Cowboy Shoe

    2010
    melted plastic

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    Grass Ram

    2010
    melted plastic
    25 x 32 x 40 cm (10 x 12 ½ x 15 ¾ in)

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    GrassTwin

    2010
    melted plastic
    50 x 37 x 15 cm (19 ¾ x 14 ½ x 6 in)

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    Silver Mirror

    125 x 220 x 10 cm – 49 x 86 ½ x 4 in

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    Grass Skulls

    2010
    melted plastic
    50 x 20 x 18 cm (19 ¾ x 8 x 7 in)

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    Skull

    print on archival fine art paper
    90 x 120 cm – 31 x 47 in
    edition of 3

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    Pussycat

    print on archival fine art paper
    80 x 120 cm – 31 x 47 in
    edition of 3

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    The Visitor

    2008
    chicken wire and melted plastic
    160 x 100 x 50 cm (63 x 39 ½ x 19 ¾ in)

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    Briefs

    plastic
    28 x 15 cm

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    Green and Silver Trunk

    plastic, Styrofoam and chicken wire
    green trunk: height 54 cm, diameter 59 cm, silver trunk: height 108 cm, diameter 50 cm

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    Wild Boys

    light box, plexiglass, fluorescence, metal
    230 x 125 x 16 cm

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    Nandi (silver and pink)

    2008
    Switzerland
    melted plastic
    25 x 35 x 15 cm

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    Vest (purple)

    melted plastic

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    Vest (orange)

    melted plastic

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    Mandala HH 14th

    2010
    Plexiglass, LED light and wood
    120 x 12 cm (47 x 4 ¾ in)

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    Panchen Lama Mandala

    2011
    Plexiglass, LED light and wood
    120 x 12 cm (47 1/4 x 4 3/4 in)

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    Missing Sex Mandala

    2011
    Plexiglass, LED light and wood
    120 x 12 cm (47 1/4 x 4 3/4 in)

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    Mao Muschi Mandala

    2011
    Plexiglass, LED light and wood
    120 x 12 cm (47 1/4 x 4 3/4 in)

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    Untitled (Made in Korea)

    2011
    Plastic
    124 x 240 cm (48 3/4 x 94 1/2 in)

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    Bicycle Wheel

    2010
    Plastic
    123 cm (48 1/2 in)

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    Arabian Toilet

    2011
    Plastic
    30 x 50 x 75 cm (12 x 19 3/4 x 29 1/2 in)

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    Buddha TV (In the Spirit of Nam June Paik)

    2011

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    Desperate Housewife

    2011
    Plastic and chicken wire
    175 x 80 x 150 cm (69 x 31 1/2 x 59 in)

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    Hanger

    2011
    Plastic and chicken wire
    180 x 60 x 4 cm (71 x 23 1/2 x 1 1/2 in)

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    Giro

    2011
    Plastic, chicken wire
    200 x 25 x 15cm (78 3/4 x 9 3/4 x 6 in)

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    Umbrella

    2011
    Umbrella and plastic
    112 x 90 x 70 cm (44 x 35 1/2 x 27 1/2 in)

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    Mandala Tan Tren

    Plexiglass, LED light and wood
    Diameter: 38 cm

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    Mao Muschi Mandala (small)

    2011
    Plexiglass, LED light and wood
    Diameter: 38 cm

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    Nightmare

    2011
    Plexiglass, LED light and wood
    115 x 50.5 x 10.5 cm (45 ¼ x 19 ¾ x 4 in)

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    Mandala HH 14th

    2010
    Plexiglass, LED light and wood
    120 x 12 cm (47 1/4 x 4 3/4 in)

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    Pink Tara

    2009
    Switzerland
    Chicken wire and melted plastic
    143 x 57 x 50 cm (56 ½ x 22 ½ x 19 ½ in)

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    Sleeping Donkey

    2007
    Switzerland
    Beer can

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    H.H. Soap Bubble

    2011
    Plexiglass, LED light and wood
    50 x 39 cm (19 ¾ x 15 ¼ in)

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    Dorje Drakden

    2011
    Plexiglass, LED light and wood
    50 x 39 cm (19 ¾ x 15 ¼ in)

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    Gene Simmons

    2011
    Plexiglass, LED light and wood
    39 x 50 cm (15 ¼ x 19 ¾ in)

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    Disco Fever

    2011
    Plexiglass, LED light and wood
    39 x 50 cm (15 ¼ x 19 ¾ in)

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    Freak Party

    2011
    Plexiglass, LED light and wood
    39 x 50 cm (15 ¼ x 19 ¾ in)

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    Buddha Shakyamuni

    2011
    Plexiglass, LED light and wood
    50 x 39 cm (19 ¾ x 15 ¼ in)

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    Manuscript cover with Five Buddhas (study)

    2013
    Switzerland
    Pierced aluminium can
    17.8 x 11.4 x 6.3 cm (7 x 4 ½ x 2 ½ in)

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    Manuscript cover with Three Images of Achala (study)

    2013
    Switzerland
    Pierced aluminium can
    15.8 x 6.3 cm (6 ¼ x 2 ½ in)

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    Lower manuscript cover with Lions and Foliage / Manuscript cover with Five Buddhas (Combined Study)

    2013
    Switzerland
    Pierced aluminium can
    11.4 x 19 x 6.3 cm (4 ½ x 7 ½ x 2 ½ in)

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    Manuscript cover with images of Jambhala and Vasudhara (study)

    2013
    Switzerland
    Pierced aluminium can
    11.4 x 19 x 6.3 cm (4 ½ x 7 ½ x 2 ½ in)

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    Manuscript cover with the Buddha of the Three Times (study)

    2013
    Switzerland
    Pierced aluminium beer can
    each 20.3 x 8.2 cm (8 x 3 ¼ in)

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    Manuscript cover with scenes from the life of the Buddha (study)

    2013
    Switzerland
    Pierced aluminium can
    10 x 16 x 4.5 cm (4 x 6 ¼ x 1 ¾ in)

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    Maddening Wheel, Petrifying Wheel, Empty Wheel

    2006
    1065
    3 beer cans and 4 pints
    Size of two beer cans: 19 x 8.6 cm(7½ x 3¼ in ) size of beer bottle: 23.5 x 6 cm ( 9¼ x 2½ in )

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    Devil 1

    2013
    Switzerland
    Melted plastic
    36 x 20 cm (14 x 7 ¾ in)

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    Devil 2

    2013
    Switzerland
    Melted plastic
    36 x 20 cm (14 x 7 ¾ in)

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    Devil 3

    2013
    Switzerland
    Melted plastic
    36 x 20 cm (14 x 7 ¾ in)

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    Devil 4

    2013
    Switzerland
    Melted plastic
    36 x 20 cm (14 x 7 ¾ in)

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    Untitled

    2013
    Aluminium, light, paper

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    Fire-Proof Suit Over Palden Choetso

    2013
    Fire-proof suit, PVC
    230 x 125 x 10 cm (90½ x 49 x 4 in)

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    High Life/Low Life

    2014
    Found objects, batteries, LED light
    50 x 40 x 30 cm (19¾ x 15¾ x 11¾ in)

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    Ling Gesar Palden Choetso

    2014
    Lightbox, LED, aluminium, plexiglass mirror
    57 (diameter) x 11 cm (22½ x 4¼ in)

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    Sitting Bull/Ling Gesar

    2014
    Lightbox, LED, aluminium, plexiglass, mirror
    57 (diameter) x 11 cm (22½ x 4¼ in)

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    Self-Immolation

    2012
    Monitor, perforated mirror, cable, DVD player, MDF
    45 x 34.7 x 10 cm (17¾ x 13½ x 3¾ in)

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    Dorge Drakkten Kiss World

    2012
    Perforated mirror, monitor, MDF, cable
    66.8 x 106.2 x 11 cm (26¼ x 41¾ x 4½ in)

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    Dorge Drakkten Kiss

    2012
    Perforated mirror, TV monitor, cable
    80.4 x 55 x 18.2 cm (31½ x 21½ x 7¼ in)

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    Burning Buddha

    2013
    PVC
    145 x 125 x 3 cm (57 x 49 x 1½ in)

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    Self-Immolation Ghost

    2014
    PVC
    173 x 45 x 30 cm (68 x 17¾ x 11¾ in)

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    Buddha/Mao

    2013
    PVC, Acrylic paint
    140 x 80 x 5 cm (55 x 31½ x 2½ in)

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    Mushroom Ring

    2014
    PVC, batteries, LED light
    25 x 50 x 50 cm (9¾ x 19¾ x 19¾ in)

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    Spider Skull Stoner

    2013
    PVC, cigarette butts
    65 x 125 x 15 cm (25½ x 49¼ x 6 in)

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    Fire Extinguisher

    2013
    PVC, dead insects
    60 x 46 x 8 cm (23¾ x 18 x 4 in)

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    Toten Kopf

    2013
    PVC, found objects
    300 x 150 x 3 cm (118 x 59 x 1½ in)

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    Chair of Dialogue

    2014
    PVC, found objects, plexi mirror, nylon
    280 x 90 x 60 cm (110¼ x 35½ x 23¾ in)

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    Golden Shirt

    2014
    PVC, metal
    150 x 140 x 6 cm (59 x 55 x 3 in)

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    Shirt 1

    2013
    PVC, metal
    90 x 60 x 4 cm (35½ x 23¾ x 2 in)

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    Shirt 2

    2013
    PVC, metal
    90 x 60 x 4 cm (35½ x 23¾ x 2 in)

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    Shirt 3

    2013
    PVC, metal
    90 x 60 x 4 cm (35½ x 23¾ x 2 in)

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    Shirt 4

    2013
    PVC, metal
    90 x 60 x 4 cm (35½ x 23¾ x 2 in)

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    Shirt 5

    2013
    PVC, metal
    90 x 60 x 4 cm (35½ x 23¾ x 2 in)

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    Shirt 6

    2013
    PVC, metal
    90 x 60 x 4 cm (35½ x 23¾ x 2 in)

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    Shirt 7

    2013
    PVC, metal
    90 x 60 x 4 cm (35½ x 23¾ x 2 in)

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    Shirt 8

    2013
    PVC, metal
    90 x 60 x 4 cm (35½ x 23¾ x 2 in)

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    Shirt 9

    2013
    PVC, metal
    90 x 60 x 4 cm (35½ x 23¾ x 2 in)

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    Shirt 10

    2013
    PVC, metal
    90 x 60 x 4 cm (35½ x 23¾ x 2 in)

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    Peepshow Low

    2012
    TV monitors, wood, cable, cans
    31.4 x 69.5 x 46.1 cm (12½ x 27½ x 18¼ in)

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    Ritual Dancer

    2013
    Wood, LED light, Pleximirror
    30 x 24 x 8 cm (11¾ x 9½ x 3 in)

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    Kiss the Future

    2014
    Lightbox, LED, aluminium, plexiglass mirror
    Diam. 120 x Depth 10 cm (Diam. 47 x Depth 4 in)

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    Dorian Dorje

    2014
    PVC, Lightbox, LED, aluminium, plexiglass mirror
    170 x 80 x 15 cm (67 x 31 ½ x 5 ¾ in)

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    Disorder 1

    2014
    Perforated mirror, monitor, MDF and cable
    80 x 105 x 8 cm (31 ½ x 45 ¼ x 3 ¼ in)

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    Dorge Drakkten

    2014
    PVC and paper
    180 x 88 cm (71 x 34 ½ in)

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    Kiss

    2014
    PVC and paper
    120 x 90 cm (47 x 35 ½ in)

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    Dorge Drakkten Prophecy

    2014
    PVC and plastic
    220 x 105 x 15 cm (86 ½ x 41 ¼ x 6 in)

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    Transparent Vest

    2013
    Melted plastic
    70 x 50 x 3 cm (27½ x 19¾ x 1¼ in)

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    Daidō Moriyama - Akushidento (Accident)

    2016
    LED, metallic colored Plexiglas plate
    40 cm (15 ¾ in)

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    Baton Rouge

    2016
    LED, bronze colored plexiglas plate
    40 cm (15 ¾ in)

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    Blind date

    2016
    LED, metallic colored Plexiglas plate
    40 cm (15 ¾ in)

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    Sex, Death & Rock'N'Roll 1

    2016
    LED, metallic colored Plexiglas plate
    40 cm (15 ¾ in)

  • Kesang Lamdark
    Sex, Death & Rock'N'Roll 2

    2016
    LED, metallic colored Plexiglas plate
    40 cm (15 ¾ in)

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