About this object

Pierced and painted beer can, base containing pin pricked image of a seated Lama image, accompanying digital print of can's interior when lit.
Son of Rimpoche is one of Lamdark more accessible works. Lamdark’s beer cans are pierced with carefully crafted images and icons that transform them into intriguing tin light boxes. The beer cans refer to Duchamp’s final work, Étant donnés, a three-dimensional installation that viewers observe by peering through a small peephole to witness an artistic diorama. But Lamdark’s peepholes reveal wholly different subjects: Tibetan imagery ranging from demons to rimpoches and skateboarders to lamas. This juxtaposition of the sacred and profane is a constantly re-emerging theme within his work reflecting the globalisation of Tibetan Buddhism as a product for consumption by China and western nations. Lamdark’s work follows a strong tradition within Tibetan art for creating portraits of important lama’s and leaders who have been influential in the development of Buddhism. Rather than following the stylistic principles set out when depicting the Buddha or Boddhisattva, these portraits are often startling in their individualism, showing those portrayed with beards, rotund stomachs and balding heads. Lamdark’s work continues this lineage, whilst this is a portrait of his father, the reincarnate lama, it is also a statement on the changing status of the Tibetan lama from the sacred figure, closeted in prayer, to global media savvy commodity.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art
  • Culture
    Tibetan
  • Artist/Maker
    Kesang Lamdark
  • Place made
    Europe: Western Europe: Switzerland
  • Date made
    2007
  • Materials
    Beer can, digital print photograph
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased with support from the National Art Collection Fund
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London
  • Date collected
    2009
  • Measurements
    1200 mm x 900 mm; 47 1/4 in x 35 7/16 in
  • Note
    Shown at:
    'Plastic Karma' Rossi & Rossi Ltd, London 24 Apr - 30 May 2008.
    'Waves on the Turquoise Lake: Contemporary Expressions of Tibetan Art' CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Sept - Dec 2007.
  • Related people
    Kesang Lamdark (Artist/maker)

Where is this object from?

Object view = Humanities
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