Sopheap Pich: A Room
Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich’s A Room fills the Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion with nearly 1,200 real and artificial bamboo strips extending 40 feet from the atrium’s ceiling to floor. The 26-foot space inside the bamboo is a place for contemplation, allowing visitors to experience natural light bouncing off of and piercing between the bamboo strips to evoke the sense of light within Cambodia’s bamboo forests. In using bamboo, Pich creates a contrast between the aluminum, glass, and cement structure of the Pavilion, the warmth of the bamboo and the various bright and subtle colors of the different bamboo castings.
About Sopheap Pich
Sopheap Pich was born in 1971 in Battambang, Cambodia. He received a BFA from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) in 1995, followed by an MFA in painting from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. His work has been exhibited extensively in Asia, the United States, Europe and Australia. Pich was recently given a highly acclaimed solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, entitled Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich (February 23—July 7, 2013). He has been included in many prestigious international exhibitions, including the Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia (2013); dOCUMENTA, Kassel, Germany (2012); Asian Art Biennial, Taichung, Taiwan (2011); the Singapore Biennale (2011); the Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Fukuoka, Japan (2009); and the Asia-Pacific Triennial, Brisbane, Australia (2009). Pich’s 2011 work, Compound, was the focus of a solo exhibition at Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Wash. (2011-12) and was recently on display as part of the exhibition Invisible Cities at MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass. (2012-13). His work is included in many museum collections around the world, including: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia; Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Mass., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY.
Made possible by the Efroymson Contemporary Art Fund, an endowed fund at the IMA. This endowed fund was established in 2006 by the Efroymson Family Fund to support work by emerging and established local, national, and international contemporary visual artists through a rotating installation program in the Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion. Past artists and collectives whose work has been supported by the Fund include Allora & Calzadilla, Ball-Nogues Studio, Tony Feher, Spencer Finch, Friends with You, Orly Genger, William Lamson, Judith G. Levy, Mary Miss, Julian Opie, Heather Rowe, Alyson Shotz, and Julianne Swartz.