buddha clad in pop culture icons by gonkar gyatso
dec 14, 2012
buddha clad in pop culture icons by gonkar gyatso


 

‘do what you love, realm three’, 2012 by gonkar gyatso
image © rainer hosch

 

 

the work of new york and london-based tibetan artist gonkar gyatso is nothing short of poignant – having recently had his work shown at art basel in miami 2012,
this point is further reinforced. gyatso explores the boundaries, connections and conflicts associated with pop culture through the iconic form
of the spiritual teacher most commonly known as buddha. the serene, recognizable posture of the cross-legged man is interrupted with an
onslaught of polychromatic labels, brand cut-outs, stickers and various commercial flotsam – a compelling clash of ideology through the
mechanisms of the visual language.

 

 


gyatso explores the boundaries, connections and conflicts associated with pop culture through the iconic form of the spiritual teacher most commonly known as buddha
image © rainer hosch

 

 


the serene, recognizable posture of the cross-legged man is interrupted with an onslaught of polychromatic labels
image © rainer hosch

 

 


the work is a compelling clash of ideology through the mechanisms of the visual language
image © rainer hosch

 

 


image © rainer hosch

 

 


image © rainer hosch

 

 


the studio floor showing the material used to cover the buddha
image © rainer hosch

 

 


sketches of the concept
image © rainer hosch

 

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