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Artist brings the homeless to 976 Gallery with “Existent and Nonexistent”

By B.TUNGALAG

Artist E.Lkhagvadorj unveiled his second solo exhibition “Existent & Nonexistent” at 976 Art Gallery on April 21.
Member of Global Artist Pension Trust and recipient of the Grand Prix from the Tiger Translate International Competition, young emerging talent, E.Lkhagvadorj was born in 1987 in Ulaanbaatar city. In 2002, he began studying at Rajiv Gandhi Arts and Industrial Design School then entered the School of Fine Arts at the Mongolian University of Arts and Culture in 2005, graduating in 2010. During his academic years, he experimented with abstract, surrealist and photo realist paintings, improving his techniques and compositions and searching for his own style.
In 2010 E.Lkhagvadorj began producing black and white hyperrealist paintings, depicting homeless people who lived in the underground pipes and garbage dumps of Ulaanbaatar city. Their alienation from society and the extremely hazardous conditions they live in had greatly affected artist E.Lkhagvadorj. He depicted the everyday lives of homeless people on the garbage dumps and various drunk-men, sleeping on the streets and in market places, to appeal to the society at large.
He spent a long time exploring their conditions and often interviewed them and asked their permission to take their photographs. When he started first producing work in his own style, he could not pick colors other than black and grey. The filthy faces and clothes of the homeless people and their gloomy lives were too somber to be expressed in other colors. To speak out directly, artist E.Lkhagvadorj picked the hyperrealist style for his works.
As his main characters are completely isolated and separated from customary society, artist E.Lkhagvadorj set the goal to let people from these different worlds meet each other through his work, with no fear and disgust. In daily life, most of us pretend not to see them or are afraid of facing drunken men sleeping on the street or the homeless collecting waste food and bottles from the garbage. Artist E.Lkhagvadorj questions if these people do in fact exist in our society through his solo exhibition “Existent & Nonexistent”, which is being held at 976 Art Gallery from April 21 to May 7.
E.Lkhagvadorj was a recipient of a grant from the project “Promoting Democracy through Art”, by the Mongolian Contemporary Art Support Association and the US State Department in 2013. He was also awarded with the Grand Prix from the Korean-Mongolian Joint Exhibition at the Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery in 2011 and the Third Best Work Title from the North East Asian International Art Exhibition, Changchun China. His artworks have been exhibited in the most prestigious museums and galleries in his home country and also in Hong Kong, China, Korea, Germany and Australia.
In 2012, “Asian Art News”, famous international magazine, published a four page article and information about the artworks of E.Lkhagvadorj.

 

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