‘Crossing Borders’ unites artists beyond borders

June 1, 2017 09:17 AM Republica


‘Crossing Borders’ an art exhibition with a focus on prints and drawings is taking place from Sunday at Siddhartha Art Gallery, Baber Mahal Revisited. The exhibition consists of 85 artworks by 20 artists who participated in a two-week long workshop conducted by international printmakers Damon Kowarsky and Hyun Ju Kim.
In the workshop, organized at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Pakistan, artists created artworks using etching and aquatint techniques.

The artworks exhibited have been created by international artists along with Nepali artists. The international artists are from countries such as Australia, Pakistan, Korea and others. The exhibition consists of 20 Nepali artists including veteran artist Basta Gopal Vaidhya.   

During the exhibition, among the exhibited pieces of prints, Kowarsky’s ‘The Sultan’s Palace’, Hyun’s ‘On the Cross’, ‘Patan’ and ‘Laputa’ stand out from the conventional framed artworks. Much like the name ‘On the Cross’, the art portrays Jesus Christ with his hands and legs pinned to a cross but instead of thorns, he is pinned with snakes and decorated with flowers. The print uses vibrant colors, mostly blue, and is drawn on five different canvases placed in cross-formation.

Apart from 10 solo displays, Kowarsky has collaborated with Mathew Greentree to create 13 other artworks that depict the grim situation of chaos in the world using etching. These techniques involve engraving drawings on a metal, glass, or stone block, or even zinc and copper plates, which are then treated with acid before making a print.

South Korean Ambassador to Nepal Park Young-Sik had inaugurated the exhibition on May 28. All art pieces are on sale with price ranging from Rs 25,000 to Rs 4,00,000. And 40 percent of the collected amount will be donated to Siddhartha Art Foundation.
The exhibition will run till
June 18.

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