Exhibition opens Friday at LCSC Center for Arts & History
LEWISTON, Idaho - A new exhibition opens Friday, March 2 at the LCSC Center for Arts & History (CAH) Main Gallery. The exhibition, Youdhi: Swayambhu, is a collection of etchings and prints, utilizing paper, newspaper, wood, aluminum, copper and more. It runs from March 2 - April 6. The Swayambhu exhibit opening will take place Friday, March 2, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the galleries.
Artist Youdhisthir Maharjan (Youdhi) is a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Idaho, with an emphasis in painting and printmaking. Youdhi, who was born in Nepal, graduated Summa Cum Laude in Art History and Creative Writing, Studio Arts Emphasis from the New England College in New Hampshire.
"I was born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, which is like an open museum of medieval art and architecture, swarmed with galleries souvenir shops devoted to traditional art and craft, mostly based on Hinduism and Buddhism, where one stumbles upon different temple and different Chaitya or monastery almost every block, all adorned with hand-painted murals and hand-carved woodwork and stonework," said Youdhi.
Youdhi was sent to a military school at the age of nine, where he spent ten years of his adolescent student life. He said since he did not have approval from his parents on his interest and dedication towards art and since Nepal only offered high school level of art education, he came to the US because of its emphasis on liberal arts education.
He is self-taught when it comes to art-skills.
"I spent most of my undergraduate years learning about history of Western art," Youdhi said.
The idea of labor and repetition, and the sense of transcendental transformation though multiple prints, punctuate the work of Youdhi. His work with grids (bending them into whole space while being aware of their individual fragility and relying on the traditional methods of printmaking) and their opportunity for a discussion on abstracted form and planes, speaks to a culture rich in labor, and production.
"While the labor may seem to be futile, rational demand becomes a lifetime of toil and absolutes," he said. "Labor is the process and the key to achieving a means to an end. It becomes an avenue for exploration, and a means for the artist to seek the truth."
This exhibition is the culmination of this process and labor- using materials such as newspapers, etchings-copper plates and aluminum as well as paint.
Swayambhu is brought to the LCSC Center for Arts & History through sponsorships from ASLCSC, John & Debra Taylor, the LCSC International Programs, the International Student Club and through grants from U.S. Bancorp, the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free to the exhibit, but donations are accepted.
For more information visit http://www.lcsc.edu/museum/ or call 208.792.2243.