Sopheap Pich

Sopheap Pich: Structures

October 29, 2015 — December 19, 2015


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Absence, 2014

bamboo, rattan, metal, wire

98 x 79 x 4 in. (250 x 201 x 10 cm)

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Antler No.2, 2014

bamboo, rattan, wire

47 ¼ x 156 ¼ x 17 ¾ in. (120 x 397 x 45 cm)

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Division Line, 2015

bamboo, rattan, wire, charcoal, varnish, burlap

79 ½ x 78 ¾ x 4 ¼ in. (202 x 200 x 11 cm)

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Empty Screen, 2015

bamboo, rattan, metal wire

78 ¾ x 98 ½ x 3 ½ in. (200 x 250 x 9 cm)

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Forest Light, 2015

bamboo, rattan, metal wire

99 x 78 ¾ x 4 ¼ in. (251 x 200 x 11 cm)

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Monument, 2015

sandstone, rattan, copper wire, plywood, charcoal varnish

55 x 57 ¼ x 14 ½ in. (140 x 145.5 x 37 cm)

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Polaroid, 2015

bamboo, rattan, metal wire

99 ¼ x 78 ¾ x 4 in. (252 x 200 x 10 cm)

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Rang Phnom Flower No. 2, 2015

bamboo, rattan, metal wire

30 ¾ x 85 ½ x 43 ¼ in. (78 x 217 x 110 cm)

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Seed (Krognung) No. 2, 2015

stone, bamboo, rattan, burlap, plastics, metal wire

17 x 7 x 8 in. (42.5 x 18 x 20 cm)

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Tides, 2014

bamboo, rattan, wire, burlap, plastics, resin, beeswax, damar resin

99 x 79 x 4 in. (251 x 200 x 11 cm)

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Twins, 2015

rattan, wire, burlap, plastic, cloth, charcoal, varnish

40 ½ x 21 x 16 ½ in. (103 x 53 x 42 cm)

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Installation View of "Structures" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, October 29 - December 19, 2015

 

 

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Installation View of "Structures" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, October 29 - December 19, 2015

 

 

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Installation View of "Structures" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, October 29 - December 19, 2015

 

 

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Installation View of "Structures" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, October 29 - December 19, 2015

 

 

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Installation View of "Structures" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, October 29 - December 19, 2015

 

 

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Installation View of "Structures" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, October 29 - December 19, 2015

 

 

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Installation View of "Structures" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, October 29 - December 19, 2015

 

 

Works

INSTALLATION VIEWS

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Sopheap Pich presents a new body of work for his fourth solo exhibition with Tyler Rollins Fine Art, Structures, taking place from October 29 through December 19, 2015. The exhibition marks his return to New York following his acclaimed 2013 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich. The museum’s first solo show given to a contemporary Southeast Asian artist, it featured large biomorphic sculptures along with works from the Wall Reliefs series, which were debuted the previous year in a room-sized installation at Documenta (13) in Kassel, Germany. His exhibition at the gallery introduces two new series shown here for the first time:  Wall Structures, imposing geometric compositions of raw bamboo and rattan, with complex grid patterns; and Bare Reliefs, more ethereal works in which thinner strands of bamboo and rattan create a rhythm of light and shadow, solid and void, accentuated by fire-darkened areas. Also for the first time, Pich incorporates a new material, stone found in local quarries – roughly carved or smoothly polished in the studio – which complements the organic materials. The exhibition includes new biomorphic sculptures, an important component of his work that has not been shown here in the gallery since his 2011 Morning Glory exhibition. He continues to be inspired by organic structures, whether of flora (vines, flowers, seeds) or fauna (in this case, deer antlers). With these, he explores the fluidity of line and the free expansion of volume, all delimited by the basic forms of typical natural structures – themes that are also at the core of his geometric works.

Pich is widely considered to be Cambodia’s most internationally prominent contemporary artist. Born in Battambang, Cambodia, in 1971, he moved with his family to the United States in 1984. After receiving his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1999), he returned to Cambodia in 2002 and began working with local materials – primarily bamboo and rattan – to make sculptures inspired by bodily organs, vegetal forms, and abstract geometric structures. His 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. His work is currently on view in the United States at Houston’s Asia Society Texas Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. Earlier this year, his works were featured in The Art of Our Time: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collections at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; Medium at Large at the Singapore Art Museum; and First Look: Collecting Contemporary at the Asian at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. His work is included in such major collections as: The 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, Brisbane; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo. Reviews and feature articles about Pich have appeared in such publications as Artforum, Art in America, ArtNews, Flash Art, The Art Newspaper, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. In 2014, Art Asia Pacific called Pich “the Southeast Asian artist to watch at the moment.”

EXHIBITION REVIEWS

The New Yorker, Sopheap Pich

December, 2015


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Artinfo, Sopheap Pich’s “Structures” at Tyler Rollins Fine Art

November, 2015


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GENERAL PRESS

The Cambodia Daily Sopheap Pich

February, 2017


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The Phnom Penh Post, In the studio with Sopheap Pich

February, 2017


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Ackland Art Museum Press Release, Ackland Art Museum Reimagines – and Reinstalls – Galleries of Asian Art

December, 2016


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Art Asia Pacific, Animate Bodies of Work

March, 2016


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Art Basel Year 46

2015


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Art Loft, Why Southeast Asian Art Now?

December, 2014


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Indianapolis Museum of Art, A Contemporary Spring at the IMA

2014


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Bird, Sopheap Pich

2014


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Art Asia Pacific, No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia

2014


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Blouin Art Info, Rattan to Revolutionary: “Collection+ Sopheap Pich” at SCAF Sydney

October, 2013


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ABC Radio Australia, Cambodian sculptor draws on rural influences in Australian exhibition

October, 2013


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Dojima River Biennale 2013

July, 2013


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The Boston Globe, Showcasing a continent’s art at Smith College

May, 2013


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The New York Times, Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich

May, 2013


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Art in America, Woven into History

May, 2013


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Time Out New York, Ten sculpture exhibitions you should see

May, 2013


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Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cambodian Rattan: The sculptures of Sopheap Pich

May, 2013


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Orientations, Cambodian Rattan: Memory and Place in the Art of Sopheap Pich

May, 2013


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The Economist, Out of adversity

April, 2013


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The Wall Street Journal, Cambodian Art Rises From the Ashes

April, 2013


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The New York Times, Dancing Well Is the Best Revenge

April, 2013


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Gallery Guide, Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich

April, 2013


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Asian Art Newspaper, Sopheap Pich

April, 2013


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The New Yorker, Metropolitan Museum

March, 2013


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Blouin Art Info, Asia-NYC

March, 2013


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Smith College Museum of Art – New Acquisitions

February, 2013


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Sculpture Now, Handmade

2013


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Documenta (13) The Guidebook

June, 2012


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Art Asia Pacific, Where I Work

May, 2012


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Invisible Cities exhibition at Mass MOCA

April, 2012


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Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art, Of Trans(national) Subjects and Translation: The Art and Body Language of Sopheap Pich

2012


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The Seattle Times, Cambodian artist evokes tumult of his homeland

November, 2011


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The Stranger, A Weightless Series of Cages

November, 2011


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Compound at the Henry Art Gallery

November, 2011


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Meditation: Asian Art Biennial 2011 catalogue

November, 2011


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The Art Newspaper, The rebuilding of Cambodian art

October, 2011


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The Examiner San Francisco, Modern ‘Buddha Presence’ at Asian Art Museum

September, 2011


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Sculpture, Sopheap Pich: Return to Cambodia

September, 2011


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Thailand Tatler, Woven Narrative

July, 2011


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Art Journal, Art without History? Southeast Asian Artists and Their Communities in the Face of Geography

July, 2011


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The Wall Street Journal – Icons, A River View Reshapes a Sculptor’s Work

April, 2011


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The Wall Street Journal – Scene Asia, A Dream Weaver Goes Global

April, 2011


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The New York Times, Definitions of Home at the Singapore Biennale

March, 2011


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The Wall Street Journal – Scene Asia, Open House at the Singapore Biennale

March, 2011


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Singapore Biennale 2011: Open House

March, 2011


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Treasures (Asian Art Museum of San Francisco Magazine), Here/Not Here

January, 2011


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The Luxury Channel, 8 Asian Artists to Watch

2010


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International Herald Tribune, Cambodian Art Emerges From Horrors of a Murderous Past

December, 2010


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bob, Sopheap Pich

April, 2010


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Classic Contemporary: Contemporary Southeast Asian Art from the Singapore Art Museum Collection

January, 2010


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Flash Art, Sopheap Pich

January, 2010


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Classic Contemporary Catalogue

January, 2010


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The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

December, 2009


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Truly Truthful exhibition (Miami)

December, 2009


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The 4th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Sopheap Pich

September, 2009


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Asia Art Archive, Interview with Sopheap Pich

April, 2009


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International Herald Tribune, A coming of age for Cambodian artists

March, 2009


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Sphere Asia, The New Weave

March, 2009


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C-Arts, Cambodian Art: Opening the Box

March, 2009


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Art Asia Pacific, Tidal, Sopheap Pich

March, 2008


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Strategies from Within

January, 2008


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Flash Art, Reviews: Sopheap Pich at the H Gallery in Bangkok

November, 2007


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World Sculpture News, Speaking To The Past And The Present

September, 2007


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Frieze, Sopheap Pich

September, 2007


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Real Time, New art, new Cambodia

April, 2006


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Art Asia Pacific, Sopheap Pich: Rotin/Pdow

March, 2005


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