TUGULDUR YONDONJAMTS – Hunters to Skull Island

 

Pony Project Gallery
Kurfürstenstraße 37
Berlin 10785

Tuguldur Yondonjamts is one of the most interesting young artist from Mongolia. He completed a BA in Thanka Painting from the Mongolian University of Arts and Culture, in 1997. In 2004, he graduated Fine Art from the University of the Arts, Berlin (UdK), Germany. And recently in 2014 he obtained MFA degree in Visual Arts from Columbia University in New York. Yondonjamts’s works have been exhibited in Mongolia, Europe and United States. He lives and works in Berlin and New York.

Yondonjamts works are combining Thanka painting, which calls upon rigorous skills and passion to go through the time consuming meditative process of creating and the digital technics like movies or video animations. At the exhibition in Pony Project Gallery Yondonjamts shows works, which represent his interest in archeology, collective memory, and the relation between eastern and western culture. As the result, his drawings combine the aesthetics of traditional technics with the western pop culture icons like King Kong, T.Rex, Mickey Mouse just to mention few of them. All the works by Yondonjamts have certain inner logic and structure. He always balances in the narration of his stories between fiction and reality, which is the core of his artistic practice.

The body of work presented in Pony Project Gallery is research and information based. He uses investigational logic to create drawings that diagram imaginary journeys. These explorations

deal with the topics connected to history, mythology and personal memory. While creating his immersive works he is interested in the issues such as relocation and collision of crossing different timelines.

HUNTERS TO SKULL ISLAND

In the first King Kong movie from 1933 the group of researchers are looking for a mythological Skull Island – a place where King Kong as well as other mainly prehistoric species like T. Rex were suppose to live. The origins of this fictional island are still unknown, but it was associated with a place where primitive tribe was trying to satisfy the needs of this eponymous giant godlike gorilla.

Fascinated by the story of King Kong and T.Rex living on the same island Tuguldur Yondonjamts created a costume in collaboration with Batmunkh Bataa (the designer) which links those two into one creature. While wearing it in one his vides prepared for the exhibition in Pony Project Gallery he creates a humoristic, surrealistic image balancing between reality and fiction commenting both on the world history and the current politics in Middle East Asia.

 

ARTIST’S CV

Tuguldur Yondonjamts (1977) completed a BA in Thanka Painting from the Mongolian University of Arts and Culture, in 1997. In 2004, he graduated Fine Art from the University of the Arts, Berlin (UdK), Germany. And recently in 2014 he obtained MFA degree in Visual Arts from Columbia University in New York. His works have been exhibited in Mongolia, Europe and United States. He lives and works in Berlin and New York.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2014

Somewheres & Nowheres, IPCNY (International Print Center New York), New York, NY
MUU, Museum of Street Art, (Muzej ulične umjetnosti), Zagreb, Croatia
United Against Speculation, organized by Rirkrit Tiravanija and Tomas Vu, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, NY
Port of Call, LASALLE College of the Arts, The Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (ICAS), Singapore
MFA Thesis exhibition, Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island City, NY
United Against Speculation, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY

2013
Eccentric Exercise- International Contemporary Drawing, Les Gens Heureux, Copenhagen, Denmark
Amalgamated – Mongolian Contemporary Art, Gallery MC, New York, NY
And after a pause, it continued, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY
Magical Thinking, Brooklyn, NY
Glow show, Storefront video screening, Catskill, NY

2012
2nd Land Art Biennial Mongolia 360°, Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
RAPID/TRANSIT, Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, UB, Mongolia
Magic stories, KunstvereinGRAZ e.V. Regensburg, Germany

2011
Drawings, Werkraum Godula Buchholz, Denklingen, Germany
Walter Koschatzky Artistic Prize 2011/Exhibition of the nominated works, MuMok- Hofstallungen, Vienna, Austria

2010
Open Studio, Omi International Art Center, Ghent, USA
Im Haus, Haus der Kunst München/ Munich, Germany
4th edition of Arte Laguna Prize 2009, Tese di San Cristoforo Arsenale di Venezia, Venice, Italy 2009
Drawings, Werkraum Godula Buchholz , Denklingen, Germany
Walter Koschatzky Artistic Prize 2011/ Exhibition of the nominated works, MuMok- Hofstallungen, Vienna, Austria
Was uns antreibt, Haus der Kunst München, Munich, Germany
2008 Good Work, Trippen showroom, Berlin, Germany
Medium Drawing, Haus der Kunst München, Munich, Germany
Cologne Art Fair 21, Cologne, Germany
Anonymous Drawings, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

2007
Contemporary Art Ruhr KunstQudrate07, Zollverein, Essen, Germany
International Exibition Nord Art 2007, Rendsburg, Germany
Große Kunstausstellung 2007, Haus der Kunst München, Munich, Germany

2003
Iim er huu/ That male boy (translated from Mongolian), Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

2000
Holz-Legno-Xylo, The University of the Arts (UdK), Berlin, Germany

1997
Thesis exhibition, Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

1995
Tugsultiin yzegselen, Union of Mongolian Artists Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

RESIDENCIES

2014
Tropical Lab 8, LaSalle College of the Arts, ICAS, Singapore

2013
The Fallen Tower / Matthew Ritchie, Detroit, Michigan, USA

2012
Djerassi Resident Artist program, Woodside, California, USA
Residency Unlimited with Flux Factory, New York, USA

2010
Omi International Art Center, Ghent, USA
Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France Residency organized by Melanie Mowinski, Ferrin Gallery and Storefront Artist Projects in Pittsfield/MA, USA

2000
Holz-Legno-Xylo, (Universität der Künste Berlin), Gutshof Sauen, Germany

GRANTS/AWARDS/FELLOWSHIPS

2014
Sustainable Arts Foundation’s Promise Award, San Francisco, CA

2014
Morty Frank Traveling Fellowship, Columbia University, New York, NY

2012-14
Fulbright Foreign Scholarship for Master Degree, International Education Exchange Program, U.S. Department of State

2012-14
LeRoy Neiman Fellowship, Columbia University, New York, NY

2013-14
Betty Lee and Aaron Stern Fellowship, Columbia University, New York, NY

2013-14
Marshall Glasier Fellowship, Fund for the study of Drawing, Columbia University, New York, NY 2012
Helen L Bing Fellowship, CA, USA

2012
Arts Council of Mongolia/ Open Society Foundation grant, UB, Mongolia

2010-11
Project grant from Karin-Abt-Straubinger Foundation, Stuttgart, Germany

2010
Finalist of 4 edition of Arte Laguna Prize 2009, Venice, Italy

2009
Nominee of Walter Koschatzky Artistic Prize 2009, Vienna, Austria

2008
Finalist of Gesellschafter Art Award 2008 / Cologne Art Fair, Germany

COLLECTIONS

Francis J. Greenburger Collection, New York, USA Godula Buchholz Collection, Denklingen, Germany
Omi International Art Center Collection, New York, USA Rotary Club Albertina Vienna, Austria
Mongolian Embassy in Berlin, Germany
& Private Collections

more information:

artist’s website