Intermedia Arts and the Tibetan Community of Minnesota present The Art of Tibetan Survival: Artists’ Vision of Tibet and Tibetan Diaspora, April 28-June 18, 2011 at Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis.
For more than half a century, the world has embraced Tibet as an artistically rich yet profoundly threatened culture struggling against occupation and genocide; this has created a movement of inspired creative work by artists who carry Tibet’s mythic, beautiful heritage forward in exile as a means of cultural survival.
Contemporary and traditional artists share their vision of Tibet and the Tibetan diaspora in a mixed media show featuring traditional Tibetan arts and artifacts as well as contemporary paintings and photography. This exhibit will also include photographs from Keri’s Pickett’s 17 year-long project documenting the Tibetan community in Minnesota, painting by Tenzin Tamding and drawings and writings by children answering the question “What is your dream of Tibet like in your imagination?” from the Tibetan Culture School.
Gallery Hours are weekdays 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and noon to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. A $3 suggested donation is appreciated.
The Opening Reception will be held Sunday May 1, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. The event is free and Tibetan tea and cookies will be provided. The Tibetan Dance from the Roof of the World performed by the Gyashey Committee will perform following at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 advance, student, senior; and $12 door.
For tickets and information call 612-871-4444 or email [email protected].
Tenzin Tamding states that his work is a transformation of harmony that is found in nature, places and things that have touched his soul and ended up on his canvases. He is inspired by beauty of simplicity, comfort and randomness that is nature.
“Explosion of colors, shapes and flow of potential subjects always keep me going back to the drawing board to somehow transform a blank canvas into a reflection of what has inspired me,” states Tamding. “Such an experience encapsulates what a visual artist does and lives for. My work has generally been fixed on subjects that are landscapes and I don’t think it will change for as long as I can hold a brush.”
Tamding said he has also experimented with other subjects such as architectures specifically with Asian motifs. In the near future he will be putting together a book on the history of Tibetan landscapes.
His immediate intention is share what he has discovered about Tibet through his own work over a decade of oil on canvas projects.
“The medium oil has largely been assumed by many as being sort of a stubborn medium to work with,” he adds. “On the contrary, I have grown to love it. It has this richness that some other mediums may lack. Yet one can’t be too obsessed and detailed with things such that it consumes the inspiration and become almost unidentifiable of what unique is and what beauty is and like saying goes by Walt Whitman “You must not know too much or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and watercraft; a certain free-margin, and even vagueness – ignorance, credulity – helps your enjoyment of these things.”
Keri Pickett has been self-employed as an artist since 1983. Her artistic vision is fueled by the curiosity about what both individuals and communities value in life.
“I am driven by a desire to inform, to enchant, and to draw the viewer into both my heart and the heart of the matter,” states Pickett. “For over 25 years, I have supported myself with my camera and my energy, focusing my lens on people struggling against the odds.”
Intimacy and personal connection are the common threads uniting her projects. Past projects have included the love story of her own grandparents. She has also produced work to portray rights struggles, from Burma’s struggle for democracy, to kids coping with life-threatening illness, to gay men seeking refuge in the northern Minnesota wilderness. Another project features the mother of 12 founding a homeless center and life on organic dairy farms.
“My project Tibetan Tree was started in 1991 and I have been documenting the growth and success of the Tibetan American community for 20 years,” she added.
Visit tibetantree.com to find out more about the project.
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