Sopheap Pich

"A Room" installation at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis
February 27 - October 5, 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 - October 5, 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 - October 5, 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 - October 5, 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’s work is currently featured in The Art of Our Time: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collections at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, through May 10, 2015.

Sopheap Pich is widely considered to be Cambodia’s most internationally prominent contemporary artist. Born in Battambang, Cambodia, in 1971, Pich moved with his family to the United States in 1984. After receiving his BFA (University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1995) and MFA (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1999), he 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 sculptures inspired by bodily organs, vegetal forms, and abstract geometric structures. Pich’s childhood experiences during the genocidal conditions of late 1970s Cambodia had a lasting impact on his work, informing its themes of time, memory, and the body. His sculptures stand out for their subtlety and power, combining refinement of form with a visceral, emotive force.

Pich’s work has been featured in numerous international museum exhibitions and biennials in Asia, Europe, Australia, and the United States. Currently, his work is on view in The Art of Our Time: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collections at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (through May 10, 2015). He was also recently featured in the group exhibition Medium at Large at the Singapore Art Museum (2015). In 2013, Pich presented a highly acclaimed solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, entitled Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich. The museum’s first solo show given to a contemporary Southeast Asian artist, the exhibition “can be regarded as a cameo retrospective, since its 10 works accurately reflect the range of the artist’s motifs from 2005 to late 2012,” according to Art in America. It included several large bio-morphic rattan sculptures which were featured in the artist’s two previous solo exhibitions at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, The Pulse Within (2009) and Morning Glory (2011). Also featured were works from Pich’s geometric series, Wall Reliefs, which were debuted in a room sized installation at Documenta (13) in Kassel, Germany (2012), and subsequently featured in Reliefs, his third exhibition at Tyler Rollins Fine Art (2013). While using the same locally sourced materials seen in his earlier, more free-flowing works, Pich’s grid-based Wall Reliefs reflect the artist’s increasing interest in abstraction and conceptualization. The works consist of bamboo grids covered with strips of burlap taken from used rice bags patched with old fabrics and colorful bits of plastic twine, with added layers of encaustic, often colored with mineral pigments and charcoal. Pich explains: “These grid works, reduced to their bare materials and shapes, represent for me a kind of distillation of emotion, of remembrance, of reflections on what has influenced me, or the places I have been.”

A preview of Pich’s new work was shown in a solo booth presentation at Art Basel Hong Kong (Mar. 13-17, 2015), and he will have a solo exhibition at our gallery in New York (Oct. 29–Dec. 23, 2015). These exhibitions will debut Pich’s new series of Wall Structures, scaffolding-like grid forms that explore the rhythms of line and void, as well as works incorporating carved stone elements for the first time. We will also see a return to organic forms, specifically those inspired by seed pods, vines, hair, and antlers.

In addition to Documenta, Pich has participated in the Moscow Biennale (2013); the Dojima River Biennial (2013); the Singapore Biennale (2011); the Asian Art Biennial (2011); the Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (2009); and the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (2009). Additional museum solo exhibitions include: A Room, Indianapolis Museum of Art (2014); Collection+ Sopheap Pich, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia (2013); Sopheap Pich: Compound, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington (2012). Additional museum group shows include: No Country: Contemporary Art For South and Southeast Asia, Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore (2014); Invisible Cities, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (2012–13); Collecting Art of Asia, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts (2012); Encounter: The Royal Academy in Asia, Asia Institute of Contemporary Art, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore (2012); Here/Not Here, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (2011); Classic Contemporary: Contemporary Southeast Asian Art from the Singapore Art Museum Collection (2010).

Pich’s work is included in such major collections as: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; M+, Museum for Visual Culture, Hong Kong; Singapore Art Museum; Queensland Art Gallery; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle. Reviews and feature articles about Pich have appeared in such publications as Artforum, Art in America, ArtNews, Art Newspaper, Asian Art News, Flash Art, New York Times, Orientations, Wall Street Journal. In 2014, Art Asia Pacific called Pich “_the_ Southeast Asian artist to watch at the moment.”