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Abstracts by Zol

Abstracts by Zol

January 24 – February 6 in the BAC Gallery
Gallery Hours are Wednesday-Saturday 1-5pm

Show runs concurrent with the 2015 Member’s Salon in the Main Gallery
A reception for this show will be held on Saturday, January 24 from 5-7pm
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Artist Full Name: Zol Bayar Uguumursaikhan
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Bio:
Born in St. Petersburg, raised in Moscow and Ulan Bator, Mongolia, Zolbayar Uguumursaikhan, “A-goo-mur-sy-kan”, is an artist, who is as unique as his name. Zol immigrated to the United States at the age of 13 with his father, a descendent of the honored Halha bloodline of Genghis Khan, and mother from Kalmykia, the only European Buddhists.
Zol worked in construction until 2008 and simultaneously began his study of anatomy, biology, science and art history, following his completion of high school. The juxtaposition of such seemingly diverse pursuits helped to develop Zol’s recognition of artistic intuition in the application of conventional skills and knowledge. As he developed as a skilled craftsman, Zol yielded to the natural course of expression that only the fine arts allow. Zol began his artistic pursuits as a talented and accomplished photographer, and he has transitioned the application of his talent to expressions in painting.

Artist’s Statement:
Painting allows me to link the process of natural creation to the expression of an artistic creation. For me, art fills the yawing desire to remain connected to the perennially fecund cycle of life; it holds the tension between the fact that the artist is creator with the recognition that he is also created. My creation of Art allows me, as the attenuated observer of the semiotics of life’s seasons, to both observe and express levels of abstraction springing with fecund creativity.

Life adapts to its environments – trees sync with the calendar knowing when to shed and bud, animals instinctually recognize the signs of the changing seasons – everything in nature has its role and reason for functioning; it is all meaningful and purpose-filled. As an artist, I seek out the visual and sensual nature of this harmony and bare expression of life. Sustaining the seeming spontaneity that appears in nature and relying on the guidance of my intuition and subconcious connects me to the natural state of being. Such a coupling counters any impulse to overanalyze as I create. Abstract art is similar to nature: To grasp it, one must be comfortable with, and accept, the unknown and perennial flux of forces.

To me, innate impulse is the origin of life. All that is living and constructed from life originates from, and returns to, the earth. Living tissue is implanted and reimplanted in the earth, and what reemerges is a naturally orchestrated new life. I theorize and infuse my work with this cosmogenic thinking, the dynamics of the Universe, as I strive to incorporate emotional content into my abstractions. My work is created through the incorporation of minerals, elements and raw natural materials, the underground matter and structure that surrounds me. The use of these minerals and elements leads me to each new vision: Nature, itself, offers the guide of color incentive, texture, and light. All is intermingled.

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