Passage to Asia Opens in London
By GINANNE BROWNELL
Published: October 31, 2012
LONDON — Tsherin Sherpa’s works are swirling juxtapositions of colors, history, themes, religion and politics. The painting “Untitled, 2012,” made from gold leaf, acrylic and ink on linen, is aptly unnamed, as there are so many images in the painting that choosing one name to sum it up would be impossible. A Buddhist spirit, dressed in polka-dotted underpants, stands in a “Saturday Night Fever” pose while in the background there are depictions of everything from Spider-Man to the Dalai Lama. Another 2012 piece by Mr. Sherpa, the son of Tibetan refugees who grew up in Nepal and now lives outside San Francisco, is titled “49 Cans.” The painting features seven rows of seven multicolored gasoline cans, each marked with the enraged face of a spirit. It is set up to be reminiscent of colorful Tibetan prayer flags, but the cans suggest a darker meaning, an allusion to the recent spate of self-immolation by Buddhist monks protesting Chinese rule in Tibet.
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