Impermanence

Hong Kong21 Jun – 24 Aug 2014
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    ROSSI & ROSSI HONG KONG

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    Yally Industrial Building
    6 Yip Fat Street
    Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong

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    Rossi & Rossi is pleased to present Impermanence, an exhibition of new and recent works by contemporary Tibetan artists living in Tibet and around the world. The first such exhibition devoted solely to contemporary Tibetan art to be held in Hong Kong, it features paintings, sculptures and installations by Benchung, Marie-Dolma Chophel, Dedron, Gade, Tulku Jamyang, Kesang Lamdark, Nortse, Tsering Nyandak, Tashi Phuntsok, Phurbu, Tenzing Rigdol, Tsherin Sherpa, Sodhon, TaNor, Tsewang Tashi and Palden Weinreb.

    The exhibition focuses on the concept of ‘impermanence’ (Pali: anicca, Tibetan: mi rtag pa, Chinese: 無常), which is considered to be one of the three essential doctrines of Buddhist philosophy. In short, while everything in the universe is subject to change, nothing is certain or lasts forever. The Upali Sutta recalls a conversation between the Buddha and a Jain householder named Upali, in which the Buddha argues, “whatever rises has the nature of ceasing”. At first glance, this concept appears to provide a negative outlook on life; however, ‘impermanence’ can also be seen as the vital component that allows for change to occur, whether for better or for worse. One only has to look around to realise how true this is, be it on a small, individual scale—aging, dying, learning, developing—or on a large, global scale: seasons changing, governments falling, national borders being redefined.

    Tibetans are all too aware of the fragility of life. Impermanence therefore aims to provide a vantage point from which contemporary Tibetan art can be examined and interpreted. Given Tibet’s recent history, the works included in the exhibition are understandably political. Faced with the impact of globalisation, exposure to new cultures and modernisation, the featured artists have adapted traditional Buddhist iconography, media and motifs to reflect upon the experiences of Tibetans around the world. Their vivid works comment on identity, security, the environment and the future of Buddhism—all increasingly complex concerns for Tibetans living both in their homeland and in exile.

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    • Tsherin Sherpa
      Untitled

      2014
      Gold leaf, acrylic and ink on cotton
      124.5 x 128.3 cm (49 x 50 ½ in)

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    • Gade
      My White Papers

      2014
      Handmade Tibetan paper, wood, acrylic paint
      each 28 x 22 cm (11 x 8 ¾ in), 10 pieces in total

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    • Tulku Jamyang
      Untitled

      2014
      Monk robe (shawl, skirt and shirt)
      dimensions variable

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    • Ascetic - I Am Turning Into Air

      2013
      Tibet
      Acrylic on canvas
      120 x 80 cm (47 ¼ x 31 ½ in)

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    • TaNor
      Dharmapala

      2013
      Tibet
      Acrylic on Canvas
      70 x 95 cm (27 ½ x 37 ½ in)

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    • Tenzing Rigdol
      A Good Place to Start!

      2014
      USA
      24k gold on painted board
      15.24 x 15.24 cm (6 x 6 in)

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    • Nortse
      Ashes

      2014
      Tibet
      Beech wood, Acrylic, paper, white plywood base
      each approx. 58 x 12 cm (23 x 4¾ in), 30 pieces in total

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    • The Conquered Enchantress

      2013
      Tibet
      Mineral pigments on Tibetan paper
      80 x 180 cm (31 ½ x 71 in)

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    • Fire

      2014
      Tibet
      Pastel on untreated linen (multiple layers of acrylic varnish acting as fixative agent)
      100 X 100 cm (39 ¼ x 39 ¼ in)

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    • Plane

      2014
      Tibet
      Pastel on untreated linen (multiple layers of acrylic varnish acting as fixative agent)
      100 X 100 cm (39 ¼ x 39 ¼ in)

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    • Ascetic - I Am Turning Into Red Sun

      2013
      Tibet
      Acrylic on canvas
      100 X 100 cm (39 ¼ x 39 ¼ in)

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    • TaNor
      Implication

      2014
      Tibet
      Found Objects (Tibetan hats and Chinese hats)
      215 x 35 cm (84 ½ x 13 ¾ in)

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    • TaNor
      Chorus

      2012
      Tibet
      Acrylic on canvas
      130 x 180 cm (51 x 71 in)

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    • Tashi Phuntsok
      Prayer Beads

      2014
      Tibet
      Acrylic on Canvas
      145 x 135.5 cm (57 x 53 in)

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    • Phurbu
      The Fragmentary White Tara

      2011
      Tibet
      Acrylic and collage on canvas
      150 x 140 cm (59 x 55 in)

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    • Phurbu
      The Vise

      2011
      Tibet
      Acrylic and collage on canvas
      150 x 140 cm (59 x 55 in)

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    • Phurbu
      Mineral Water

      2011
      Tibet
      Acrylic and collage on canvas
      150 x 140 cm (59 x 55 in)

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    • Sodhon
      I Exist

      2014
      USA
      Acrylic on Canvas
      101.6 x 76.2 cm (40 x 30 in)

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    • Nortse
      The New and the Old

      2006
      Tibet
      Tibetan Paper
      137 X 132 cm (54 x 52 in)

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    • Tsherin Sherpa
      Neo Conqueror (Magenta)

      2014
      Gold leaf, acrylic and ink on cotton
      124 x 98.5 cm (48 ¾ x 38 ¾ in)

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    • Nortse
      Samsara: Object in Close-Up, No. 2

      2014
      Mixed media on canvas
      80 x 80 cm (31 ½ x 31 ½ in)

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    • Nortse
      Mask

      2014
      Tibet
      Mix media on canvas
      100 x 100 cm (39 ½ x 39 ½ in)

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    • Tenzing Rigdol
      Monologue #2

      2014
      USA
      24k gold on treated canvas
      76 x 61 cm (30 x 24 in)

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    • Tenzing Rigdol
      Monologue

      2014
      USA
      24k gold on treated canvas
      76 x 61 cm (30 x 24 in)

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    • Tenzing Rigdol
      A Ripple in Time #4 Exit

      2013
      Acrylic on paper
      Diameter 50 cm (19 ¾ in)

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    • Tenzing Rigdol
      Riders on the Storm

      2014
      USA
      Collage and silk brocade
      122 x 122 cm (48 x 48 in)

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    • Marie-Dolma Chophel
      Melting

      2014
      Oil, enamel and paint marker on canvas
      91.5 x 122 cm (36 x 48 in)

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    • Marie-Dolma Chophel
      Skeleton I

      2013
      Ink, paint marker and spray paint on paper
      46 x 61 cm (18 x 24 in)

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    • Marie-Dolma Chophel
      Skeleton IV

      2013
      Ink, paint marker and spray paint on paper
      46 x 61 cm (18 x 24 in)

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    • Tulku Jamyang
      Growing

      2014
      Acrylic on canvas overlaid with incense-burned rice paper
      101.5 x 66 cm (40 x 26 in)

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    • Tulku Jamyang
      Manifestation (Nam-Rol)

      2014
      Acrylic on canvas overlaid with incense-burned rice paper
      71 x 79 cm (28 x 31 in)

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    • Gade
      Black Scripture Series: 10

      2012
      Acrylic, mineral and vegetable pigments on handmade Tibetan Paper
      115 x 59 cm (45 ¼ x 23 ¼ in)

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    • Gade
      Lotus

      2011
      acrylic and mineral colour on canvas
      117 x 148 cm (46 x 58 ¼ in)

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    • Tsherin Sherpa
      Multiple Protectors 2 (Red)

      2013
      USA
      Acrylic and ink on canvas
      122 x 107 cm (48 x 42 in)

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    • Palden Weinreb
      Untitled (Torsion Study #3)

      2011
      Graphite on paper
      76 x 56 cm (30 x 22 in)

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    • Palden Weinreb
      Untitled (Torsion Study #4)

      2011
      Graphite on paper
      76 x 56 cm (30 x 22 in)

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    • Untitled No. 6

      2009
      oil on canvas
      53 x 41 cm – 21 x 16 in

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    • Untitled No. 7

      2009
      oil on canvas
      53 x 41 cm – 21 x 16 in

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    • Untitled No. 8

      2009
      oil on canvas
      53 x 41 cm – 21 x 16 in

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    • Untitled No. 9

      2009
      oil on canvas
      53 x 41 cm – 21 x 16 in

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      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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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Untitled

      2013
      Aluminium, light, paper

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Nandi (silver and pink)

      2008
      Switzerland
      melted plastic
      25 x 35 x 15 cm

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      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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    • Gade
      Black Scripture Series: 7

      2012
      Acrylic, mineral and vegetable pigments on handmade Tibetan Paper
      200 x 100 cm (79 x 39½ in)

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    • Tenzing Rigdol
      A Ripple in Time #1 Lost

      2013
      Acrylic on paper
      Diameter 50 cm (19 ¾ in)

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