Showing posts with label Cambodia Art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cambodia Art. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 9

Oeur Sokuntevy depicts Cambodian women aspirations

With a subtle nod to the Surrealist masters, Cambodian artist Oeur Sokuntevy’s works are a dissection of her dreams, fears, and wishes. “Fantasies,” her latest solo show, is a powerful narrative on the life of women in Cambodia today as they juggle their desires and obligations, facing never-ending demands.

Friday, November 4

Sopheap Pich @ Tyler Rollins Fine Art, NY

Cambodia’s most internationally prominent contemporary artist, Sopheap Pich has just opened Morning Glory, a solo exhibition of his new works, ath the Tyler Rollins Fine Art gallery in New York. The show centered on a large-scale sculpture of the morning glory plant.

Friday, September 30

15 finalists of APB Foundation Signature Art Prize announced

Aida Makoto - Ash Color Mountains


The 15 finalist art works shortlisted for the 2011 APB Foundation Signature Art Prize have been announced, selected from the 130 artworks which were nominated from 24 countries and territories. The works were chosen because of their strength of concept and execution, and many are extremely moving pieces - such as the one above by Japanse artist Aida Makoto. Taken collectively, the artworks demonstrate the thriving vibrancy of art-making in Asia Pacific today.

Tuesday, September 6

Passing of Cambodian artist Vann Nath

Vann Nath, a Cambodian artist who survived the Khmer Rouge torture center Tuol Sleng, and documented the attrocities he witnessed there in his paintings for the rest of his life, died on Monday. He was 65.

Thursday, August 18

The Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize will be awarded in November

Pham Huy Thong - Brotherhood (Vietnam)

The Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize will be awarded in November. About 130 works across 24 countries and territories have been nominating for the Grand Prize of S$ 45,000, which is being organised by the Singapore Art Museum

Friday, July 1

Oeur Sokuntevy @ Utterly Art, Singapore

Oeur Sokuntevy (Tevy) is a young female painter from Cambodia who is leading the charge of the country’s emerging women’s art movement.

Friday, June 10

Opening - Phnom Penh gets new contemporary gallery

Mongolian artist Nandin Erdene Budzagd
Phnom Penh contemporary art scene is still in its infancy, with only a handful of galleries. But tonight it’s getting a new addition with the opening of Teo + Namfah Gallery on 21 Street 214, ran by husband and wife Brad & Rattana Gordon - who also owns a gallery in Bangkok.

Tuesday, March 22

Published - Make yourself at home with the art

The Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi invites the public to interact with public objects in novel ways. Over the years, he has constructed a temporary one-room apartment around a bronze angel weather vane atop a 14th-century cathedral in Basel, and enclosed a 4.5-meter- high statue of Queen Victoria in Liverpool to make it the centerpiece of a temporary hotel room.  For the Singapore Biennale 2011, running until May 15, Mr. Nishi has transformed the 8-meter, or 26-foot, white cement Merlion, a tourist landmark, into the centerpiece of a luxurious hotel suite. The suite, built around the usually water-spouting half-lion, half-fish beast, comes complete with a bathroom, balcony overlooking the Marina Bay and a dedicated butler from the nearby Fullerton Hotel. During the day the room is open to the biennale public, while at night, a few lucky guests can sleep under the statue’s leonine head, which bursts through the floor in a d├ęcor wallpapered with a Toile de Jouy pattern that mixes motifs of Sir Stamford Raffles (who founded Singapore), the Merlion and a Chinese temple. Mr. Nishi, who started this practice to bring his art closer to the public and is also working on a living room project in New York, said he liked to “make the public private” by creating an “inside” around a space that is perceived as “outside.” The 32 nights made available to the public for 150 Singapore dollars, or $120, a night sold out in an hour.

The third Singapore Biennale should have been staged last year but was postponed so that it would not coincide with the Youth Olympics, which were held in Singapore. The biennale, which features 63 artists from 30 countries and 161 artworks, aspires to be international, but it still has a strong Asian flavor — 57 percent of the artists are from the Asia-Pacific region. And while the previous biennale’s theme, “Wonder,” favored aesthetically pleasing and more accessible works, this year’s biennale is taking a slightly more difficult conceptual tack.

The biennale is built around the idea “Open House,” and the concept has been stretched to the fullest. “Open House is not strictly a theme, but more of an attitude and way of thinking,” said the biennale’s artistic director, Matthew Ngui, an artist who believes the biennale should be a platform for experimentation. “It is not so much about identifying works that talk about space, but rather identifying artistic processes and practices, and the way they work in specific spaces and interact with them. That is why more than half of the artworks are newly commissioned or works that are premiered here for the first time.”

One of the commissioned works is a new installation by the Thai artist Arin Rungjang, “Unequal Exchange / No Exchange Can Be Unequal.” The artist has created a large living room that will continue to change using a system of exchange in which he invited Thai workers in Singapore to “re-furnish” the space by swapping a piece of furniture from their home with one of his initial pieces from Ikea. The process is to be documented over 64 days with daily photographs added to the wall. Mr. Rungjang said he was interested in exploring social and economic mobility through this work.

In another commissioned piece, Compound, the Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich used bamboo and rattan to create a fictional city surrounded by bombs, alluding to his country’s still recent violent history. 

"Open House” is presented across five different spaces including the city-state’s first civil airport terminal. The airport was closed in the 1960s and had been used until 2009 by the People’s Association, a community group set up by the government to foster racial harmony.  One of the most visually appealing works is an installation by the Vietnamese artist Tiffany Chung, who as a small child experienced firsthand the 1978 flooding of the Mekong River. She rethinks urban planning with a utopian miniature floating city, inspired by vernacular architecture from across Asia. Her project proposes flat sustainable living using local materials, eschewing futuristic high-rise designs that are alien to local habitats. The large installation hangs from the ceiling to appear as though it were floating on water and is complemented by the artist’s jewel-decorated cartographic works of Vietnam. Read the whole story in the IHT .

Friday, January 14

Art Stage - Yoshitomo Nara, Leong Seckon, Li Chen

There were plenty of opportunities to mingle with some top Asian artists. Here is what they told me:

Yoshitomo Nara: ‘I’ve cancelled all my exhibitions this year. I don’t like to work with deadline. I like to make paintings without deadline. I live outside Tokyo in the country side with only 3 neighbours. I can listen to music, make paintings, drawings…My next show will be in Japan in 2012 at the Yokohama Museum. It will be all new works.”   His Bintan house installation at Singapore Art Museum is a must-see!

Leong Seckon: The Cambodian artist (represented by Rossi Rossi) has started working on a new series after being evicted from his small studio by the lake. Apparently, the government is filling up the lake with sands. His new works are full of fishes becoming monks, fish skeletons, tears and express his concerns over a disappearing way of life. Seckon is one of the few top contemporary artists in Cambodia who has been making waves internationally.

Li Chen: Exploring a new direction in his sculptures, using small pieces of wood which he hopes will “mature over time.” The artist says it’s a new series he’s recently started where he hopes to “represent the passage of time.” Right now he’s still working on a giant 8m tall one which is outdoor so it can “interact with nature.” The rotund shapes of his new sculptures are still instantly recognizable. He’s also done some work using ropes (which I don’t think work as well), and some in clays which have a very interesting distressed look, which exemplifies this passage of time perfectly.