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Jul, 2017

Tugludur Yondonjamts – Hibernating Tattoos Guarding the Sweat of the Sun at Richard Taittinger Gallery

RICHARD TAITTINGER GALLERY
July 13 through August 27, 2017

Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am–7pm
Sunday noon-6pm
Monday by appointment

Richard Taittinger Gallery is honored to present Hibernating Tattoos Guarding the Sweat of the Sun, the first major solo exhibition in the United States of Mongolian artist, Tuguldur Yondonjamts.

With recent group exhibitions at the Sculpture Center, New York and Para Site, Hong Kong, and an upcoming show at the Drawing Center, New York, Yondonjamts’ multi-disciplinary works are reaching new grounds. While most recognized for his works on paper, his practice has expanded into the arena of performative, sculptural, and video art.

Yondonjamts studied traditional Mongolian and Tibetan Buddhist Thanka painting in Ulaanbaatar, as well as Fine Arts in Berlin and New York. He adapts this praxis in tandem with Asianic materials for drawing, such as the resin, dragon’s blood. His work is a visual manipulation of his classical training against his research-based art practice. For him, the process of his scientific and mystical studies is as important as the artistic output. He presents both real, imagined, and interpreted landscapes, tracing the coexistence between the tamed and untamed world.

The exhibition title, Hibernating Tattoos Guarding the Sweat of the Sun, is pulled from a specific installation of drawings made by the artist. These are a series of scrolls, which reference myths and descriptors of fossils found in the Gobi Desert. The drawings are a visual result of both imaginary and gathered information captured in different grid systems derived from archeo-logical sites in the Altai Region. He is extremely influenced by the complex social history of the country, in addition to its natural environment. The work can be understood as a series of journeys, not unlike the historically nomadic people of Central Asia. A critical work in this exhibition presents the artist’s documented mock pilgrimage to find a fabled crocodile fossil (Tsagaanosuchus) in the Gobi. This is a triangulated work shown in the form of a film, ins-tallation, and drawings. At the base of the film is a subsumed crocodile as- sleeping-bag, which the artist slept in on his expedition. The dreams he had dictated later drawings, which are also exhibited, in addition to the solar panels Yondonjamts used amid his more rural investigations.

Patterns of reptiles and snakeskins are interwoven throughout the artist’s body of work. References of archeology, chess games, mythologies, and languages are other modes to which he culls his findings. These common placeholders are but a few threads that exemplify and reflect his studies on the discoveries, innovations of human history, and the development of Mongolia.

A B O U T  T H E  A R T I S T

Tuguldur Yondonjamts (b. 1977, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia) lives and works in New York and Ulaanbaatar. His recent works have been presented in exhibitions throughout New York institutions, including; Between Two Giants, American Museum Natural History, Open Sessions #7, The Drawing Center, NYC (2016), In Practice: Fantasy Can Invent Nothing New, Sculpture Center (2016). His awards include the Trust for Mutual Understanding grant (2016), Fulbright Scholarship (2012), Arts Council of Mongolia grant (2012). He is currently at Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, Dumbo (2016-17) and he has been in residency at Residency Unlimited, Brooklyn (2016 &2012), Civitella Ranieri, Umbria, Italy (2015), LES Studio Program, NY (2015), VSC, Johnson, VT (2015), Tropical Lab, Singapore (2014) and Art Omi, Ghent (2010). He earned an MFA from Columbia University (2014). Yondonjamts’ work has been collected by major institutions, such as; The Whitney Museum of American Art, Francis J. Greenburger Collection, Godula Buchholz Collection, and Dr. Michael I. Jakobs Collection

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