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Lane | Installation
19 May to 19 August 2016

“Lane,” a solo art exhibition by multi-media artist, Meas Sokhorn. Sokhorn (born 1977, Phnom Penh) is a committed artist who works with several mediums, focusing on sculptures and installations.  He has exhibited his work both locally and internationally, including in the United States, Australia and Singapore. He participated in the Melbourne International Arts Festival as part of a group exhibition in 2010, as well as at the Singapore Art Museum.

 Meas Sokhorn is a Cambodian emerging artist who came from a design background. Sokhorn utilizes almost any recycled materials, such as barbed wire, chopsticks, plastic, rope, glass, and industrial pipes to create his sculpture installations. Sokhorn’s critique of the city is purposely intended to get the viewers to reflect over the destruction and consequences of Phnom Penh’s lack of environmental protection, traffic laws, and urban planning. Sokhorn pushes the aesthetic boundary through his combined use of recycled materials and industrial objects.

The rapid economic development in Phnom Penh has increased the number of cars and motorcycles on the streets. People from all socio-economic backgrounds have access to different modes of transportation throughout the city, but lack the education and consciousness of driving both safely and wisely.  No one is safe as long as a few cruise recklessly. Every year there have been horrific tragedies of heartbreaking scenes in which people lost their lives. These tragedies could have been prevented. These scenes are rooted deeply in everyone’s memory. People seem to understand these tragedies as an everyday norm, but there has been little done to address the root causes and prevent them from recurring.

Lane is the latest sculpture produced by Meas Sokhorn, wherein he critiques the various roots of Cambodia’s traffic problem. Sokhorn blends water PVC pipes with industrial objects to create an installation that questions the underlying causes of traffic accidents. Sokhorn’s use of PVC pipe illustrates the on-going connections between cause and effect. Sokhorn’s ambiguous aesthetic conveys the interconnected web and chaos of the rapid and unplanned development of the city. Sokhorn engages the audience through creating a crisscrossed installation that begs dissection of the mind.  The massive sculpture began with a simple sketch. Over a period of time, the artist built physical connections that overtakes the gallery space.

Meas Sokhorn

Artist: Meas Sokhorn

Meas Sokhorn is a Cambodian sculptor and performance artist unafraid to take risks. Refusing to take anything at face value, his process thrives off what he perceives to be unfulfilled potential and unknown possibilities to present critical ideas of transformation and progress.

Born in 1977, Sokhorn studied Interior Design at the Royal University of Fine Arts. He quickly discovered his interest in contemporary art particularly in making large-scale installation works. In recent times, Sokhorn’s work has evolved to making more intensely emotional pieces using found materials including barbed wire, kindling, plastic string and chopsticks. He was recently a finalist in international juried art competition the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize, organized by the Singapore Art Museum. He believes that as things are changing fast in Cambodian society, it is important for artists to delve deeper into their hearts, and use both eyes to reflect the Cambodia of today in their work. He has enjoyed a series of group and solo exhibitions within Cambodia. In 2010, he was an artist in residence in Long Beach USA where he created and exhibited a large-scale sculpture at the Global Hybrid II exhibition. He participated in the Melbourne International Arts Festival with the collaborative work The Hawker’s Song which will be featured in 2011 in Singapore at Video: An Art, A History co-curated by the Centre Pompidou and Singapore at Museum. Other works, like Tornado, have also been collected by the Singapore Art Museum. Using a mix of mediums, Sokhorn paints on canvas, sculpts with rattan and other found materials. He lives and works in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

 

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