Detail: NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Bangkok sculptor Banjerd Lekkong in Metamorphosis: Banjerd Lekkong a Solo Exhibition. The exhibition opens on May 20th, 2016 and runs through June 9th, 2016 with an opening reception on May 26th, from 6 – 8PM. Any art lover who enjoys thought-provoking artworks and meeting talented and interesting artists is encouraged to attend.
About the Artist
Banjerd Lekkong creates sculptures so intricate and densely packed with information that they erase the divisions between art, story, and symbol entirely. Lekkong interprets the Hindu pantheon with his steel and iron sculptures which can reach anywhere from two to six feet high. He tells stories from the religion in a very specific way: by creating pieces that are both single-character depictions and entire, multiplayer scenes. Above all, his works are made of energy and action.
From afar, Lekkong’s works act as to be sculptural portraits. He creates beautifully wrought figures that stand, dance, and even fly with enthusiasm. They are animals and, often, Hindu gods such as Ganesha or Erawan. They are always perfectly poised, presenting themselves with the grace that such regal beings merit. Upon closer inspection, however, it becomes clear that each figure is actually composed of countless smaller bodies. These smaller, person-like figures have all the uncontainable energy and unpredictability that the larger composition doesn’t. They are sinewy, made of ropes of metal, gear-like coils, and all kinds of curving shapes. So intertwined, their individual bodies are hard to pick out from the crowd, allowing the sculpture to provide endless fascination and treasures.
In combining ancient material and a well-defined, unique visual language, Lekkong invites us to reconsider the stories and lessons of Hinduism. His is a modern perspective, but also one that speaks to the timeless ideas of surprise, the call to action, and interconnectivity. He describes his chosen medium – unadorned gray steel and iron – as one that radiates power.
Lekkong was born in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand and today works in Bangkok. In addition to his fine art, he is an accomplished architect and interior designer. He has exhibited widely in Thailand.
Exhibition Dates: May 20, 2016 – June 9, 2016
Reception: Thursday May 26, 2016, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11-6
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York
Event URL: http://www.agora-gallery.com/artistpage/Banjerd_Lekkong.aspx
About the Exhibition
Discover the Intricate Iron Sculptures of Banjerd Lekkong
Agora Gallery is pleased to highlight the work of Thai sculptor Banjerd Lekkong in Metamorphosis: Banjerd Lekkong a Solo Exhibition. Lekkong’s intricate steel pieces reinterpret the traditions and beliefs of Hinduism with a modern visual vocabulary. He depicts gods, heroes, and animals, all as large figures constructed from tiny pieces. His steel and iron wire is sinewy and liquid, just as alive as the animals and people it creates. The exhibition brings many of Lekkong’s narrative sculptures together to explore the world he creates with them – one with echoes of both the old and the new. The body of work asks us what it is we truly see – the parts or the whole? What is a storied and ancient religion such as Hinduism if not its own long history, and the millions of people who played a part in it?
About Agora Gallery
Agora Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea’s fine art district in New York. Established in 1984, Agora Gallery specializes in connecting art dealers and collectors with national and international artists. The art gallery’s expert consultants are available to assist corporate and private clients in procuring original artwork to meet their organization’s specific needs and budget requirements. With a strong online presence and popular online gallery, ARTmine, coupled with the spacious and elegant physical gallery space, the work of our talented artists, who work in diverse media and styles, can receive the attention it deserves. Over the years Agora Gallery has sponsored and catered to special events aimed at fostering social awareness and promoting the use of art to help those in need.