‘do what you love, realm three’, 2012 by gonkar gyatsoimage © 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.

 

 

buddha clad in pop culture icons by gonkar gyatsogyatso explores the boundaries, connections and conflicts associated with pop culture through the iconic form of the spiritual teacher most commonly known as buddhaimage © rainer hosch

 

 

buddha clad in pop culture icons by gonkar gyatsothe serene, recognizable posture of the cross-legged man is interrupted with an onslaught of polychromatic labelsimage © rainer hosch

 

 

buddha clad in pop culture icons by gonkar gyatsothe work is a compelling clash of ideology through the mechanisms of the visual languageimage © rainer hosch

 

 

buddha clad in pop culture icons by gonkar gyatsoimage © rainer hosch

 

 

buddha clad in pop culture icons by gonkar gyatsoimage © rainer hosch

 

 

buddha clad in pop culture icons by gonkar gyatsothe studio floor showing the material used to cover the buddhaimage © rainer hosch

 

 

buddha clad in pop culture icons by gonkar gyatsosketches of the conceptimage © rainer hosch

 

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