Mongolian artist

by Mongol

Mongolian artist re-imagines the circle. Batzorig Dugarsuren, better known by the name Bazo, is a fitting representative of the new generation of Mongolian artists to rise to prominence in the last few years.

Although he is only 30 years old, Bazo has extensively exhibited both in Mongolia and abroad. In fact, he is one of the few Mongolian artists who have had successful international gallery shows, having exhibited at an art gallery in St. Petersburg, Russia. This Friday, March 6th, a solo exhibition by the artist will be unveiled at Xanadu ART gallery.

Bazo's later work centers upon the idea of eternal motion and reincarnation, as symbolized by the form of the circle, an essential image both in the nomadic philosophy of Mongols and Buddhism, hi this sense, the circle has multiple meanings in Bazo's work - it is at once a representation of Mongolian history through the millennia, a personal quest for meaning, and an artistic element full of possibilities. The artist approaches his subject in many different ways: he paints multi-colored circles on canvases, creates intricate wooden "wheels", or draws circumferences on the ground using odd archaic constructions made of logs, ropes and stones. Bazo's circles provoke a variety of associations: from the Mongolian ger, the shamanic tambourine
and the complicated symbolism of the circle in Buddhist philosophy to western land art and op art.

Although many artists have worked with the abstracted form of the circle, Bazo imparts an original vision to the subject matter through his masterful use of color and composition. According to the artist, the circle is a perfect shape, which compels him to seek its imperfections by either deforming its perfect form or creating an illusion of discontinuity within it hi some paintings, the form of the circle is nearly unrecognizable - its edges become blurred as the shape is dissipated by a few forceful strokes of the brush. Bazo often lets his paint drip on the canvases, which endows the rigid structure of his work with a spontaneous quality. Often his paintings have an eerie sense of deepness that draws the viewer into the abyss; however, when the artist plays with bright pink and neon green paint, his work becomes quite cheerful.

Born in 1979, Bazo graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts in Ulaanbaatar in 2004 with a painting degree. Bazo's exhibition entitled "1x2 Repetition 2x1" will be on display at Xanadu ART gallery from March 6 until March 25.

A.Bolormaa is an art curator for the Xanadu ART gallery.

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