Sopheap Pich

"A Room" installation at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis
February 27 - August 24, 2014
36 feet (height) x 50 feet (Diameter) (11 x 15 m)
Detail of "A Room" installation at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis
February 27 - August 24, 2014
36 feet (height) x 50 feet (Diameter) (11 x 15 m)
Detail of "A Room" installation at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis
February 27 - August 24, 2014
36 feet (height) x 50 feet (Diameter) (11 x 15 m)
DETAIL OF "A ROOM" INSTALLATION AT THE INDIANAPOLIS MUSEUM OF ART, INDIANAPOLIS
FEBRUARY 27 - AUGUST 24, 2014
36 FEET (HEIGHT) X 50 FEET (DIAMETER) (11 X 15 M). Courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Photo by Nathaniel Edmunds Photography.
View of the exhibition, "Collection+ Sopheap Pich" at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia (October 4 - December 14, 2013).
Photo: Brett Boardman
View of the exhibition, "Collection+ Sopheap Pich" at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia (October 4 - December 14, 2013).
Photo: Brett Boardman
View of the exhibition, "Collection+ Sopheap Pich" at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia (October 4 - December 14, 2013).
Photo: Brett Boardman
View of the exhibition, "Collection+ Sopheap Pich" at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia (October 4 - December 14, 2013).
Photo: Brett Boardman
"Compound" Installation at the Moscow Biennale
September 20 - October 20, 2013
"Compound" Installation at the Moscow Biennale
September 20 - October 20, 2013
Installation view of "Reliefs"
Tyler Rollins Fine Art (April 18 - June 14, 2013)
Installation view of "Reliefs"
Tyler Rollins Fine Art (April 18 - June 14, 2013)
Installation view of "Reliefs"
Tyler Rollins Fine Art (April 18 - Juen 14, 2013)
Untitled (Vertical Shadows Alignment), 2012
bamboo, rattan, wire, burlap, plastics, beeswax, damar resin, earth pigment, charcoal, oil paint
63 x 47 x 3 inches (160 x 120 x 8 cm)
Embers and Dust No.1, 2013
bamboo, rattan, wire, burlap, plastic, beeswax, damar resin, charcoal, earth pigment, oil paint.
79 x 79 x 3 in. (200 x 200 x 8 cm)
Untitled (The Night No.2), 2012
bamboo, rattan, wire, burlap, plastics, damar resin, beeswax, charcoal.
79 x 79 ¼ x 3 in. (200 x 201 x 8 cm)
Luminous Falls No. 1, 2013
bamboo, rattan, wire, burlap, plastic, beeswax, damar resin, charcoal, bronze powder, copper powder.
79 x 79 x 3 in (200 x 200 x 8 cm)
Gold Drips on Black No.2, 2013
bamboo, rattan, wire, burlap, plastic, beeswax, damar resin, charcoal, bronze powder, copper powder.
79 x 79 x 3 in. (200 x 200 x 8 cm)
Embers and Dust No.2, 2013
bamboo, rattan, wire, burlap, plastic, beeswax, damar resin, charcoal, earth pigment, oil paint.
79 x 79 x 3 in. (200 x 200 x 8 cm).
Gold Drips on Black No.1, 2013
bamboo, rattan, wire, burlap, plastic, beeswax, damar resin, charcoal, bronze powder, copper powder.
47 x 47 x 3 in. (122 x 122 x 8 cm)
Luminous Falls No. 2, 2013
bamboo, rattan, wire, burlap, plastic, beeswax, damar resin, charcoal, bronze powder, copper powder.
79 x 79 x 3 in. (200 x 200 x 8 cm)
Barren Land, 2013
bamboo, rattan, wire, burlap, plastic, beeswax, damar resin, synthetic resin, charcoal.
79 x 98.5 x 3 in. (200 x 250 x 8 cm)
Fertile Land, 2012
bamboo, rattan, wire, burlap, plastics, beeswax, damar resin, earth pigment, charcoal, oil paint
79 x 79 x 3 inches (200 x 200 x 8 cm)
Untitled (Black over Maroon Wall Relief), 2012
bamboo, rattan, wire, burlap, plastics, beeswax, damar resin, earth pigment, charcoal, oil paint
63 x 47 x 3 inches (160 x 120 x 8 cm)
View of the exhibition "Cambodian Rattan: The Sculpture of Sopheap Pich" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York , 2013
View of the exhibition "Cambodian Rattan: The Sculpture of Sopheap Pich" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2013
View of the exhibition "Cambodian Rattan: The Sculpture of Sopheap Pich" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2013
View of the exhibition "Cambodian Rattan: The Sculpture of Sopheap Pich" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2013
View of the exhibition "Cambodian Rattan: The Sculpture of Sopheap Pich" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2013
View of the exhibition "Cambodian Rattan: The Sculpture of Sopheap Pich" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2013
View of the exhibition "Cambodian Rattan: The Sculpture of Sopheap Pich" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2013
"COMPOUND", BROOKFIELD PLACE WINTER GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY.
MARCH 27 - APRIL 18, 2013
"Compound", Brookfield Place Winter Garden, New York City.
March 27 - April 18, 2013
"COMPOUND", BROOKFIELD PLACE WINTER GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY.
MARCH 27 - APRIL 18, 2013
"COMPOUND", BROOKFIELD PLACE WINTER GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY.
MARCH 27 - APRIL 18, 2013
"COMPOUND", BROOKFIELD PLACE WINTER GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY.
MARCH 27 - APRIL 18, 2013
"COMPOUND", BROOKFIELD PLACE WINTER GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY.
MARCH 27 - APRIL 18, 2013
documenta (13) installation, Fridericianum, Kassel, 2012
documenta (13) installation, Fridericianum, Kassel, 2012
documenta (13) installation, Fridericianum, Kassel, 2012
Fields of Rattanakiri No. 1, 2012
bamboo, rattan, burlap, wire, beeswax, damar resin, earth pigment, plastics, charcoal, oil paint.
79 x 79 x 3 inches (201 x 201 x 8 cm)
Fields of Rattanakiri No. 2, 2012
bamboo, rattan, burlap, wire, beeswax, damar resin, earth pigment, palstics, charcoal, oil paint.
79.13 x 79.13 x 3.15 inches
Seven Parts Relief, 2012
bamboo, rattan, burlap, wire, beeswax, damar resin, earth pigment, plastics, charcoal, oil paint.
63.78 x 91.34 x 3.15 inches
Installation view of "Compound" in the "Invisible Cities" exhibition at MASS MoCA
April 13, 2012 - March 1, 2013
Installation view of "Compound" in the "Invisible Cities" exhibition at MASS MoCA
April 13, 2012 - March 1, 2013
Installation view of "Compound" in the "Invisible Cities" exhibition at MASS MoCA
April 13, 2012 - March 1, 2013
Installation view of "Compound" in the "Invisible Cities" exhibition at MASS MoCA
April 13, 2012 - March 1, 2013
Installation view of "Compound" in the "Invisible Cities" exhibition at MASS MoCA
April 13, 2012 - March 1, 2013
Morning Glory, 2011
rattan, bamboo, wire, plywood, steel bolts
210 x 103 x 74 in. (533.4 x 261.6 x 188 cm)
Morning Glory 2, 2011
rattan, wire
89 x 43 x 34 ½ in. (226.1 x 109.2 x 87.6 cm)
Morning Glory 2 (detail), 2011
rattan, wire
89 x 43 x 34 ½ in. (226.1 x 109.2 x 87.6 cm)
Morning Glory 3, 2011
rattan, wire
123 ½ x 44 x 21 in. (313.7 x 111.8 x 53.5 cm)
Seated Buddha, 2011
rattan, bamboo, wire, plywood
100 ¾ x 86 ½ x 43 ¼ in. (256 x 220 x 110 cm)
Jayavarman VII, 2011
rattan, plywood, burlap, glass, beeswax, charcoal, spray paint
66 x 36 ½ x 22 ½ in. (168 x 92 x 57 cm)
Cocoon 2, 2011
rattan, wire, burlap, beeswax, earth pigment
75 x 73 x 69 in. (191 x 85 x 75 cm)
Cocoon 1, 2011
rattan, wire, burlap, beeswax, earth pigment
30 x 14 x 10 ½ in. (76 x 36 x 26 cm)
Hanging Around, 2011
rattan, wire, burlap, beeswax, charcoal
65 ¾ x 12 x 4 ¾ in. (167 x 30 x 11 cm)
Never Mind, 2011
rattan, burlap, encaustics, charcoal, wire
51 x 15 x 6 ½ in. (129.5 x 38 x 16.5)
Again, 2011
rattan, burlap, encaustics, earth pigment, wire
30 x 19 x 2 ½ in. (76.2 x 48.26 x 6.35 cm)
Installation view of Morning Glory at Tyler Rollins Fine Art
NOVEMBER 3 - DECEMBER 23, 2011
Installation view of Morning Glory at Tyler Rollins Fine Art
NOVEMBER 3 - DECEMBER 23, 2011
Installation view of Morning Glory at Tyler Rollins Fine Art
NOVEMBER 3 - DECEMBER 23, 2011
view of the artist's solo exhibition
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
view of the artist's solo exhibition
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
view of the artist's solo exhibition
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
Installation view of Raft at the Asian Art Biennial
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 2011
Installation view of Cycle 2, Version 3 at the Asian Art Biennial
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 2011
Installation view of the exhibition at the Asian Art Biennial
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 2011
Installation view of Compound at National Museum of Singapore
Singapore Biennale, 2011
Compound, 2011
bamboo, rattan, plywood, and metal wire installation for the 2011 Singapore Biennale
117 x 134 x 126 in. (450 x 340 x 320 cm)
Installation view of Compound at National Museum of Singapore
Singapore Biennale, 2011
Installation view of the artist with Compound at National Museum of Singapore
Singapore Biennale, 2011
Chrysalis, 2011
cast bronze
Chrysalis, 2011
cast bronze
Chrysalis, 2011
cast bronze
Chrysalis, 2011
cast bronze
Chrysalis, 2011
cast bronze
Buddha and Candles as installed at the Asian Art Museum of San Franciso, 2011
Here/Not Here: Buddha Presence in Eight Recent Works exhibition
Photo by Kaz Tsuruta.© Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.
View of the installation at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 2011
Here/Not Here: Buddha Presence in Eight Recent Works exhibition
Photo by Kaz Tsuruta.© Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.
Buddha and Candles as installed at the Asian Art Museum of San Franciso, 2011
Here/Not Here: Buddha Presence in Eight Recent Works exhibition
Photo by Kaz Tsuruta.© Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.
Candles, 2010
Rattan and wire
39 x 31 x 16 in. (99 x 79 x 40 cm)
Head in arms, 2010
Rattan, burlap, pigment and water-based paint
30 x 25 x 15 in. (76 x 63.5 x 38 cm)
Figure , 2010
Rattan, burlap, pigment and water-based paint
87 x 23 x 9 in. (221 x 58 x 23 cm)
Buddha, 2010
Woodblock print; waterbased ink on paper (edition of 25 + 2 AP)
23 x 30 in. (58 x 76 cm)
Buddha, 2010
woodblock print; water-based ink on paper
79 x 42 in. (200 x 107 cm)
Buddha 2, 2009
Rattan, wire, dye
100 x 29 x 9 in. (254 x 74 x 23 cm)
As installed at the Truly Truthful exhibition, Miami
December 2009
Buddha 2, installed at the Asian Art Museum ofAsian Art Museum of San Franciso's "Here/Not Here" exhibition 2011 , 2009
rattan, wire, dye
100 x 29 x 9 in. (254 x 74 x 23 cm)
"The Pulse Within" Installation View
Tyler Rollins Fine Art, 2009
"The Pulse Within" Installation View
Tyler Rollins Fine Art, 2009
"The Pulse Within" Installation View
Tyler Rollins Fine Art, 2009
Raft, 2009
bamboo, rattan, wood, wire, metal bolts
89 x 177 x 52 IN. (226 x 450 x 132 cm)
caged heart, 2009
Wood, Bamboo, rattan, burlap, wire, dye, metal farm tools
51 x 46 x 47 IN. (130 x 117 x 119 cm)
Junk Nutrients, 2009
bamboo, rattan, wire, plastic, rubber, metal, cloth, resin
65 x 49 x 29 IN. (165 x 124 x 74 cm)
Cycle 2, Version 3, 2008
Rattan and Wire
80 X 53 X 12 IN. (203 X 135 X 30 CM)
Silence, Version 4, 2009
rattan and wire
24 x 22 x 8 in. (61 x 56 x 20cm)
Construction - Jor, 2009
Rattan, bamboo, wire, varnish
25 x 16 x 6 in. (63.5 x 41 x 15 cm)
Suture, 2009
rattan, wire, burlap
28 x 19 x 7 in. (71 x 48 x 18 cm)
Binoculars: From the installation "1979", 2009
Watercolor, INK, Gouache on Paper
36.4 X 30.1 IN. (92 x 76 cm)
buddha: from the installation "1979", 2009
watercolor, INK, Gouache on Paper
44.9 x 43.3 in. (114 x 110 cm)
"1979" Installation
6th Asia Pacific Triennial, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, 2009-10
Photograph: Natasha Harth. Courtesy the artist and the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.
"1979" Installation
6th Asia Pacific Triennial, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, 2009-10
photograph: Natasha Harth. Courtesy the artist and the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.
"1979" Installation
6th Asia Pacific Triennial, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, 2009-10
Photograph: Natasha Harth. Courtesy the artist and the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.
"1979" Installation
6th Asia Pacific Triennial, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, 2009-10
Photograph: Natasha Harth. Courtesy the artist and the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.
Upstream and Cycle, commissioned as a permanent installation at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia, 2009
Stainless Steel and Cast Bronze
350.5 x 92.5 x 92.5 in. and 244 x 157.5 x 47 in. (890 x 235 x 235 and 620 x 400 x 119 cm)
Upstream and Cycle, commissioned as a permanent installation at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia, 2009
Stainless Steel and Cast Bronze
350.5 x 92.5 x 92.5 in. and 244 x 157.5 x 47 in. (890 x 235 x 235 and 620 x 400 x 119 cm)
Upstream and Cycle, commissioned as a permanent installation at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia, 2009
Stainless Steel and Cast Bronze
350.5 x 92.5 x 92.5 in. and 244 x 157.5 x 47 in. (890 x 235 x 235 and 620 x 400 x 119 cm)
Cycle, 2009
Cast Bronze
244 x 157.5 x 47 in (620 x 400 x 119 cm)
Upstream, 2009
Stainless Steel
350.5 x 92.5 x 92.5 in. (890 x 235 x 235 cm)
Double Funnel, 2008
rattan and wire
109 x 163 x 163 in (277 x 415 x 415 cm)
Delta (on view at the 2009 Fukuoka Triennale), 2007
rattan and Wire
15.7 x 11.2 x 2.3 feet (478 x 341 x 70 cm)
Sopheap Pich with "Delta" at the 2009 Fukuoka Triennale
Flow, 2007
Rattan and wire
325 x 154 x 67 in (825 x 390 x 170 cm)
Flow (detail), 2007
rattan and wire
325 x 154 x 67 in (825 x 390 x 170 cm)
Cycle 2, 2006
bamboo, rattan, aluminum and metal wire
219 x 124 x 40 1/2 in. (557 x 315 x 103 cm)
Cycle 2, 2006
bamboo, rattan, aluminum and metal wire
219 x 124 x 40 1/2 in. (557 x 315 x 103 cm)
Cycle 2, 2006
bamboo, rattan, aluminum and metal wire
219 x 124 x 40 1/2 in. (557 x 315 x 103 cm)
Larcoon (COLLECTION OF SINGAPORE ART MUSEUM), 2006
rattan, wire
151 x 34.6 x 32.3 in. (384 x 88 x 82 cm)
Cycle (collection of Singapore Art Museum), 2004
Rattan, wire
165 x 96.5 x 35.4 in. (420 x 245 x 90 cm)
Cycle (collection of Singapore Art Museum), 2004
Rattan, wire
165 x 96.5 x 35.4 in. (420 x 245 x 90 cm)
Cycle (collection of Singapore Art Museum), 2004
rattan, wire
165 x 96.5 x 35.4 in. (420 x 245 x 90 cm)
Echo, 2004
Rattan and copper wire
102 x 26 x 41 in (260 x 65 x 105 cm)
Hive, 2004
Rattan, bamboo, wire, copper wire
170 x 42 x 84 in (432 x 107 x 214 cm)
Ripple, 2004
Rattan and copper wire
159 x 19 x 19 in (403 x 47 x 47 cm)
Stalk, 2005
Bamboo, rattan, and wire
165 x 33 x 26 in (420 x 84 x 65 cm)
Stalk 2, 2009
bamboo, rattan, wire
144 x 54 x 29 in. (365 x 138 x 73 cm)
Upstream, 2005
Bamboo, rattan, metal wire, and copper
39 x 39 x 118 in (100 x 100 x 300 cm)
Upstream 2, 2011
bamboo, rattan, plywood, wire
98 1/2 x 27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. (250 x 70 x 70 cm)
Scarred Heart, 2007
Bamboo, rattan, and wire
Jayavarman VII, 2007
rattan, wire, burlap, glass
20 x 22 1/2 x 12 1/4 in. (50 x 57 x 31 cm)
Armor, 2008
Bamboo, rattan, and wire
41 x 39 x 16 in (105 x 100 x 40 cm)
The Duel, 2008
Bamboo and wire
99 x 47 x 24 in (252 x 120 x 61 cm)

Sopheap Pich is widely considered to be Cambodia’s most internationally prominent contemporary artist. Working primarily with thin strips of rattan and bamboo, he creates sculptural forms that address issues of time, memory, and the body, often relating to Cambodia’s history, particularly with regard to his recollections of life during the Khmer Rouge period (1975-79), and its culture, both its ancient traditions and contemporary struggles. Pich’s work stands out for its subtlety and power, combining refinement of form with a visceral, emotive force. After receiving his BFA and MFA in the United States, Pich returned to Cambodia in 2002, where he began working with local materials – bamboo, rattan, burlap from rice bags, beeswax and earth pigments gathered from around Cambodia – to make sculptural forms that reference social and political conditions in Cambodia. His childhood experiences during the genocidal conditions of late 1970s Cambodia had a lasting impact on his work, informing its themes of survival, family, and basic human togetherness. Pich’s work has been featured in numerous international museum exhibitions and biennials in Asia, Europe, Australia, and the United States.

Pich’s installation, A Room, is currently on view at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (February 27 – August 24, 2014), and his large sculpture, Morning Glory, which was acquired by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum last year, was recently featured in the traveling exhibition, No Country: Contemporary Art For South and Southeast Asia, at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore (May 10 – July 20, 2014). In 2013, Pich’s work was featured in a solo exhibition at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation in Sydney, Australia (October 4 – December 14, 2013), the Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia (September 19 – October 20, 2013) and the Dojima River Biennial, Osaka, Japan (July 20 to August 18, 2013), as well as a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from February 23 to July 7, 2013. Entitled Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich, it featured ten sculptures from recent years, ranging from large-scale, organic forms to the grid-like Wall Reliefs shown in his 2012 installation at Documenta (13) in Kassel, Germany. The exhibition included loans from private collections as well as works from the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Arts and Design. Pich’s solo exhibition at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, entitled Reliefs (April 18 – June 14, 2013), featured new works from the Wall Reliefs series.

Pich’s major sculptural installation, Compound, which was on view at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden (March 18 – April 18, 2013) as part of New York City’s Season of Cambodia festival, is comprised of a modular series of rattan components. The cubic elements evoke modern buildings and scaffolding, referencing Cambodia’s current construction boom, while the bomb-shaped tubular forms recall the lingering effects of the historical traumas that continue to influence Cambodia’s contemporary social and political realities. Compound has evolved as a site-adapted installation that transforms itself in response to the built environment around it. It was originally conceived for the 2011 Singapore Biennale, where it was displayed in the rotunda of Singapore’s National Museum. It was subsequently featured in Pich’s solo exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington (November 10, 2011 – April 1, 2012) and in the group show, Invisible Cities, at MASS MoCA (April 14, 2012 – March 1, 2013).