Palden Weinreb

Veiled Realms

London06 Feb – 19 Mar 2015
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  • Rossi & Rossi is delighted to present Veiled Realms, a solo exhibition of Tibetan-American artist Palden Weinreb’s new and monumental mixed-media sculptures.

    Inspired and informed by Buddhist thought and motifs, the artist’s three-dimensional works explore the idea of existence, focusing especially on one of the core teachings of Buddhism: the conscious detachment from the illusions of the earthly realm and the escape from samsara(the repeating cycle of life and death).

    “I think the general goal in my work is to transcend the viewer’s perception”, says Weinreb, “and take it to a space or existence that lies beyond our comprehension”. The essence of his practice can thus be viewed as the search for something that is invisible to us, or that has yet to be elucidated in a graspable way—something that transcends all the phenomena surrounding modern life, including everyday events, social and political happenings, and specific ideologies.

    In these mesmerising new works, Weinreb has adopted concrete Buddhist motifs such as offering bowls, sutras and stupas, as well as highly abstract forms that resemble vessels, containers and lighthouses. The addition of light to these pieces is perhaps an attempt to usher our consciousness into a realm beyond the façades that we see.

    What, exactly, lies beyond these façades? Confronting these sculptures, we may perhaps find that the realm beyond the consciousness or psychological abyss we stare at is, in fact, connected to something that transcends human understanding, and which cannot be substituted with tangible images or words.

    A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Mami Kataoka, chief curator of Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum, accompanies the exhibition.

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    • Palden Weinreb
      An Empty Host

      2014
      Mixed media
      274.5 x 86.5 cm (108 x 34 in)

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    • Palden Weinreb
      A Chamber Manifest Itself

      2014
      Mixed media
      71x 56 x 8.5 cm (28 x 22 x 3 ¼ in)
      edition 1 of 3
      US$ 10,000

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    • Palden Weinreb
      Clouded Voids

      2014
      Mixed media
      51 x 51 x 4 cm (20 x 20 x 1 ½ in)
      edition 1 of 3
      US$ 8,000

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    • Palden Weinreb
      A Blooming Cloak

      2014
      Mixed media
      137 x 43 cm (54 x 17 in)

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    • Palden Weinreb
      A Concealed Arrival (1-2)

      2014
      Mixed media
      81.5 x 25.5 cm (32 x 10 in)

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    • Palden Weinreb
      Offerings (1-7)

      2014
      Mixed media
      each 66cm (26 in) diameter

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    • Palden Weinreb
      Untitled (Spire)

      2015
      Mixed media
      56 x 40 x 4 cm (22 x 15 ½ x 1 ½ in)

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    • Palden Weinreb
      Untitled (Torsion Study #1)

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

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      Untitled (Torsion Study #2)

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

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      Untitled (Torsion Study #3)

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

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      Untitled (Torsion Study #4)

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

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    • Palden Weinreb
      Swelling Pass (diptych)

      2011
      Graphite on paper
      127 x 63.5 cm (50 x 25 in) each panel

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    • Palden Weinreb
      Channel

      2011
      Graphite on paper
      96.5 x 254 cm (38 x 100 in)

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