Sopheap Pich

Morning Glory

November 3, 2011 — December 23, 2011


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Morning Glory, 2011

rattan, bamboo, wire, plywood, steel bolts

210 x 103 x 74 in. (533.4 x 261.6 x 188 cm)

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Morning Glory 2, 2011

rattan, wire

89 x 43 x 34 ½ in. (226.1 x 109.2 x 87.6 cm)

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Morning Glory 2 (detail)

rattan, wire

89 x 43 x 34 ½ in. (226.1 x 109.2 x 87.6 cm)

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Morning Glory 3, 2011

rattan, wire

123 ½ x 44 x 21 in. (313.7 x 111.8 x 53.5 cm)

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Seated Buddha, 2011

rattan, bamboo, wire, plywood

100 ¾ x 86 ½ x 43 ¼ in. (256 x 220 x 110 cm)

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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)

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Cocoon 2, 2011

rattan, wire, burlap, beeswax, earth pigment

75 x 73 x 69 in. (191 x 85 x 75 cm)

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Cocoon 1, 2011

rattan, wire, burlap, beeswax, earth pigment

30 x 14 x 10 ½ in. (76 x 36 x 26 cm)

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Hanging Around, 2011

rattan, wire, burlap, beeswax, charcoal

65 ¾ x 12 x 4 ¾ in. (167 x 30 x 11 cm)

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Again, 2011

rattan, burlap, encaustics, earth pigment, wire

30 x 19 x 2 ½ in. (76.2 x 48.26 x 6.35 cm)

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Never Mind, 2011

rattan, burlap, encaustics, charcoal, wire

51 x 15 x 6 ½ in. (129.5 x 38 x 16.5)

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Installation View of "Morning Glory" at Tyler Tollins Fine Art, November 3 - December 23, 2011

 

 

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Installation View of "Morning Glory" at Tyler Tollins Fine Art, November 3 - December 23, 2011

 

 

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Installation View of "Morning Glory" at Tyler Tollins Fine Art, November 3 - December 23, 2011

 

 

Works

INSTALLATION VIEWS

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Tyler Rollins Fine Art is pleased to welcome Sopheap Pich back to the gallery for his second solo exhibition, on view from November 3 to December 23, 2011. Entitled Morning Glory, the exhibition is centered around a large-scale sculpture of the morning glory plant. Often admired for the beauty of its flowers, or decried as an invasive pest, the morning glory is actually a common dinner table staple in Cambodia. Pich recalls it as a vital source of sustenance during the near-famine conditions of the Khmer Rouge period (1975-79), and as such it has a powerful emotional force that evokes issues of survival, family, and basic human togetherness. The show also features a group of related sculptures made from Pich’s characteristic materials (bamboo, rattan, burlap) with forms referencing social and political issues in Cambodia.

Pich is widely considered to be Cambodia’s most internationally prominent contemporary artist. Working primarily with thin strips of bamboo and rattan, he creates free-flowing, biomorphic sculptures and installations that address issues of time, memory, and the body, often relating to Cambodia’s history, particularly with regard to his childhood recollections of life during the Khmer Rouge period, and its culture, both its ancient traditions and contemporary struggles. In a country with a proud past, a recent history of unimaginable trauma, and a present in the throes of jarring economic and political development, Pich’s work stands out for its subtlety and power, combining refinement of form with a visceral, emotive force.

Pich presented his first solo exhibition in the United States, The Pulse Within, at Tyler Rollins Fine Art in 2009-10. This show was highly acclaimed, with reviews in such publications as Artforum, ARTnews, Flash Art, ArtAsiaPacific; it was named one of the top ten international shows of 2010 in Artforum. Pich has been extremely active internationally in recent years. Highlights of 2009 include a major outdoor sculptural installation at the King Abdullah University in Saudi Arabia, a featured work at the Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (Fukuoka, Japan), and a large installation at the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Brisbane, Australia) that was purchased by the Queensland Art Gallery. In 2010, his work was featured in Classic Contemporary: Contemporary Southeast Asian Art from the Singapore Art Museum Collection, and in a solo exhibition in Cambodia.

Pich was commissioned to create a major sculptural installation, Compound, for the 2011 Singapore Biennial, where it was exhibited in the rotunda of the National Museum. Compound will be presented as a re-configured installation for Pich’s solo exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington (November 10, 2011 – April 1, 2012). The work will subsequently be included in a group exhibition at MASS MoCA, entitled Invisible Cities (April 14, 2012 – March 1, 2013). He recently created a large-scale metal sculpture, Chrysalis, for a project in China, and his work appeared in the group exhibition, Here / Not Here: Buddha Presence in Eight Recent Works, at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Pich is currently a featured artist in the 2011 Asian Art Biennial in Taiwan (October 1, 2011 – January 1, 2012) and is preparing for a major biennial next year.

EXHIBITION REVIEWS

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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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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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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Artforum, Singapore Biennale 2011: Open House

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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Artforum, Best of 2010

December, 2010


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bob, Sopheap Pich

April, 2010


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Art News, Review of “The Pulse Within” at Tyler Rollins Fine Art

February, 2010


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Artforum, Sopheap Pich

February, 2010


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

January, 2010


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Art Asia Pacific, The Pulse Within

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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examiner.com, Sopheap Pich’s “The Pulse Within”

December, 2009


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Artforum.com, Sopheap Pich at Tyler Rollins Fine Art

December, 2009


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Dossier Journal, The Pulse Within – Sopheap Pich at Tyler Rollins

November, 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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