“Contemporary Art of Mongolia IV”, an exhibition dedicated to the fourth anniversary of 976 Art Gallery, juxtaposes tradition and modernization, and raises questions about the relationship between nature and technological development. It is on view at 976 Art Gallery through April 19.
The exhibition consists of mixed media work and installations by contemporary artists D.Batzorig, E.Jantsankhorol, A.Ochirbold, T.Enkhbold, O.Enkhtaivan, and D.Bayartsetseg.
The viewer is welcomed by “Drip” by D.Batzorig, an installation with water in constant movement underneath a wood sculpture. D.Batzorig likes using natural materials to depict the fragile relationship between humans and nature. His installation creates its own sanctuary-like atmosphere. “Drip” consists of unevenly cut pieces of thick branches, and speaks about deforestation, playing with perceptions of space and environmental causes.
Beside “Drip” are two mixed media artworks by E.Jantsankhorol. E.Jantsankhorol works with man-made, artificial materials and raises awareness about the pain and negative impact of urbanization through the worms in her work “Comfort Zone-Tooth”, which are sculpted out of construction foam.
A.Ochirbold and D.Bayartsetseg offered gallery visitors performance art during the opening of the exhibition. A.Ochirbold placed magnets around the gallery and threw metal at them, representing chaos and randomness. The performance seemed to perfectly describe the relationship between humans and nature, as we are primarily ruled by the laws of nature, but we make cognitive and creative decisions much more differently than other creatures. D.Bayartsetseg, with her perfectly Mongolian features and lamb’s fur deel and Mongolian boots, showed her audience Mongolian traditions and culture in a silent 15 minute performance. D.Bayartsetseg, a teacher, seemed to transfer the culture of uniquely Mongolian items and traditions to a younger generation through her performance.
“Contemporary Art of Mongolia IV”, an indicator of contemporary art development in Mongolia, did not disappoint. Visit the exhibition to see how natural materials, such as animal skin, bones, and wood, coexist with man-made materials, such as construction foam, metal coils, and lollipops, to depict the relationship between nature and humanity.