4-10 July 2014 #714

Art Amalgamation

BASIL EDWARD TEO
Oscar Wilde is famously quoted “art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” The exhibition Amalgam-2014, which opened on 27 June at the Siddhartha Art Gallery, stands to be another testimony to that statement. Featuring 42 unique pieces by 26 contemporary artists, the exhibition showcases a diverse assortment of art expressed through a range of mediums.

Spread across all three floors of the gallery, each art piece is distinctive of the artist who created it. While no two pieces are alike, most take inspiration from Nepal’s current state, be it cultural or socio-economical, and are presented as paintings, etchings, sculptures and mixed media installations.

One of the most extensive presentations within the exhibition is the painting series The Blank Frame by Hitman Gurung. Consisting of five different sets of paintings, the central piece (see pic) depicts a faceless hospital patient sitting in a wheel chair, his face replaced by an empty frame. The four smaller paintings of a CT scan, hospital equipment and blood depict the process of surgery. Similar to his previous exhibition I Have to Feed My Country and My Family, that was shown in February at the same gallery, Gurung says he was inspired by the true story of a Nepali migrant worker in Malaysia who suffered a brain hemorrhage and had to return back to his village in Dhankuta.

In placing the lone figure against a backdrop made up of a collage of pictures of Nepali migrant workers, the artist highlights the collective struggles they have to go through.

“My work is a metaphor for the countless victims of labour that return from working abroad,” said Gurung.

Basil Edward Teo
Another series of paintings by Rajan Pant called Sundarpur demand attention. While some artists refrain from experimenting with too much color, Pant uses an extensive range of contrasting colors to depict daily life in the village. Apart from catching your eye, the exaggerated use of color breathes life into the paintings.

As an annual program hosted by the gallery, it gives space to established artists as well as up and coming artists. The exhibition runs until 28 July. The artists featured are Aditya Aryal,  Prabin Shrestha, Arjun Bhandari, Prithivi Shrestha, Arjun Khaling, Ram Maharjan, Hitman Gurung, Sagar Manandhar, Jasmine Rajbhandari,  Sanjeev Maharjan, Rajan Pant,  Saurganga Darshandhari, Kailash Shrestha, Sheelasha Rajbhandari, Lavkant Chaudhary, Shraddha Shrestha, Manish Harijan, Sudeep Balla, Mekh Limbu,  Sunil Sigdel, Mukesh Shrestha, Surendra Maharjan, Muna Badel, Sushma Sakya, Narayan Bohaju and Suvas Tamang.

Ayesha Shakya

Amalgam-2014

27 June to 28 July 2014

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