Kesang Lamdark

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

Lamdark’s plastic sculptures and mirrored lightboxes are evidence of his displaced and multicultural upbringing. His search for an appropriate cultural space ultimately turned inwards and he 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.

Lamdark has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world including Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Artheld at The Fleming Museum at the University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, USA; the Queens Museum of Art, New York, USA; and the Dorsky Museum at the State University of New York, New Paltz, New York, USA; Scorching Sun of Tibet, Songzhuang Art Center, Beijing, China; Tradition Transformed – Tibetan Artists Respond, The Rubin Museum of Art, New York, USA.

In 2008, Lamdark presented in the Third Guangzhou Triennial and installed 10,000-kilogram rock that he smuggled out of Tibet and encased in melted plastic – titled Pink Himalayan Boulder–at ShContemporary in Shanghai.He participated in the annual Dharamsala Interantional Artists’ Workshop in 2012 and completed a residency at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz in 2013.

Lamdark’s works are held in private and public collections in Europe, Australia and the United States, including the World Museum in Liverpool, UK; the Burger Collection, Hong Kong; and the White Rabbit Collection in Sydney, Australia.

  • Kesang Lamdark
    Pussycat

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

  • Kesang Lamdark
    Briefs

    plastic
    28 x 15 cm

  • Kesang Lamdark
    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

  • Kesang Lamdark
    Wild Boys

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

  • Kesang Lamdark
    Mandala HH 14th

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

  • Kesang Lamdark
    Buddha TV (In the Spirit of Nam June Paik)

    2011

  • Kesang Lamdark
    Dorje Drakden

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

  • Kesang Lamdark
    Freak Party

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

  • Kesang Lamdark
    Buddha Shakyamuni

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

  • Kesang Lamdark
    Devil 1

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

  • Kesang Lamdark
    Devil 4

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

  • Kesang Lamdark
    Fire-Proof Suit Over Palden Choetso

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

  • Kesang Lamdark
    High Life/Low Life

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

  • Kesang Lamdark
    Dorge Drakkten Kiss World

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

  • Kesang Lamdark
    Buddha/Mao

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

  • Kesang Lamdark
    Spider Skull Stoner

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

  • Kesang Lamdark
    Toten Kopf

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

  • Kesang Lamdark
    Chair of Dialogue

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

  • Kesang Lamdark
    Shirt 1

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

  • Kesang Lamdark
    Peepshow Low

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

  • Kesang Lamdark
    Disorder 1

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

  • Kesang Lamdark
    Kiss

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

  • Kesang Lamdark
    Daidō Moriyama - Akushidento (Accident)

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

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