Mao Soviet Installation Opens at Romeet Gallery
A new site-specific installation work by Battambang-based artist Mao Soviet entitled After the Black Wood is opening at Romeet Gallery on Feb. 28 at 6.30pm.
The new piece is a network in the form of a whistle, each part reliant on the rest for strength and stability. Steel rods and beer bottle tops symbolise a commodity traded up and down the levels of society, a social lubricant to make things happen.
Mao’s previous work, The Black Wood, a collaboration with Tim Robertson, sought to explore the effects of the rapid urbanisation on Cambodia through the use of debris from the changing spaces within Phnom Penh.Among the first generation to graduate from Battambang’s Phare Ponleu Selpak’s visual art school, Mao Soviet has been professionally practicing art for ten years. Often credited with being one of the spearhead influences in the Battambang contemporary art scene, Mao is the co-founder of that city’s Make Meak Art Space. His works have been exhibited in many respected galleries in Cambodia as well as in Singapore and America. He has received much local and international critical acclaim for his work.
After the Black Wood will run until Mar. 24.