By LUCY THOMPSON
E.Gansukh’s latest exhibition, “Enchantment”, is dreamlike in its presentation of a world where humans and animals live in harmony, through which he explores issues and ideas central to Mongolia today. The exhibition’s 21 pieces are intended to each express a different perspective, while the artist gives space for the viewer to explore their own interpretations of his work and themes.
“Enchantment”, which is open from May 16 to 25, is E.Gansukh’s second solo exhibition at Blue Moon Art Gallery, following “A Dream That Was Not Dreamt” in 2014.
The simple backgrounds of these paintings allow the viewer’s attention to focus on the detail in the foreground, while the pastel shades develop the slightly surreal atmosphere of peaceful coexistence between animals and humans. “Supreme Serenity”, for example, has an air of quiet stillness conveyed through its structure and warm shades. A horse and naked man are looking in the same direction, toward a sunset throwing their figures into sharp relief. Their profiles emphasize the rigidity of the image and unites the two subjects. This return to primal nature echoes the painting’s discussion of modern relationships and the faithfulness of men. Contrastingly, “Dopin and Me” uses the curves of two women to suggest sensuality and a lack of force; the paler colors give the figures a languid air.
However, in opposition to these, some of the paintings are full of energetic movement, using the exertion of the human form to highlight a different link between human and animal. In “Enchantment” E.Gansukh depicts a man and a woman in contortions beside a running horse, tying their physical stress to the horse’s wild speed. This painting’s strong forward motion, even as the figures throw themselves into such shapes, demonstrates the strength of the passion within.
A similarly powerful energy is visible in “Morning Star”, in which a woman is leading a horse toward the viewer. The stark background and dark shadows, combined with the woman’s confrontational approach, show off the aggression emanating from both figures. Her hand on the horse’s mane implies she has tamed it, perhaps even holding it under an enchantment.