FACE FORWARD, 2019, TreeLine Gallery, Cambodia

FACE FORWARD, group exhibition, 26 January – 31 March 2019 Treeline Gallery’s first group exhibition of 2019, Face Forward, pays attention to the past and look forward from now artworks by Sopheap PICH, THANG Sothea, NOV Cheanick, Asasax and HKA & Partners. Each of the featured artists address the past through their practice of contemporary art, highlighting questions regarding consumption and production. Some of the works reflect the transfer of knowledge, exposing a process that is usually reserved for artist’s studio. These artists are active at a time that has a completely different precondition to that of their forbearers. They…

DÉ-RIVES, 2018, Pavillon du parc André Citröen, France

DÉ-RIVES, solo exhibition, 6 September – 11 October 2018 Dé-Rives est une exposition monographique expérimentale de Nov Cheanick (1989, Cambodge) en réflexion autour du point de vue. Peintre de la matérialité du sol, l’artiste explore un autre élément haut dans le ciel à l’occasion de son exposition au Pavillon André Citröen invité par Aerophile avec le concours du Ballon Generali. Les questions du plan, du territoire et des frontières tant mentaux que physiques deviennent essentiels dans sa pratique et s’ajoutent à ses recherches autour de la perception. Comment vois-tu le sol depuis les airs ? “Il n’y a pas de…

CYCLE, 2018, Rosewood Gallery, Cambodia

CYCLE, solo exhibition, 1 June – 1 September 2018 Cycle surveys one decade of Cheanick’s artistic practice, from early figurative drawing studies to recent abstract paintings, and is themed around both physical and transcendental regeneration. “I don’t create anything new; I just transform what exists. What I learn from people and my environment is collected and combined into one painting,” says the artist. Influenced by meditation and the breathing cycle as a tool for greater awareness, Nov is interested in the undefined boundaries of perception. The evolution of his work attests to this. During his education, he gravitated away from…

A SMALL PART, 2017, Tini Art Space, Cambodia

A SMALL PART, solo exhibition, 25 September – 3 November 2017 Nov Cheanick’s series arrives at Tini at a fitting moment. The six paintings in A Small Part arrive just a few days after Pchum Ben and depart with the arrival of Omtuk (Water Festival) in early November. The five weeks of the exhibition thus coincide with the final weeks of the Rainy Season, framed by two uniquely Cambodian holidays steeped in ritual. The former is marked by a period of ritual gathering while the latter celebrates the ritual change in the flow of the river. Both emphasize the collectivity of…

BREAK THE SYSTEM, 2016, Sangker Gallery, Cambodia

BREAK THE SYSTEM, solo exhibition, 18 December 2016 – 28 February 2017 Nov Cheanick breaks the system. First and foremost, he breaks down his own. He thrives to create without any form of control, without any pressure – to create freely not only in his mind, but also through his body and his soul. This series testifies to a broad “let it be” mentality of the artist. “I’ve destroyed my own system”, says Nov Cheanick, “before, I thought too much about what people would say about my paintings, I was too shy to express what I felt from deep inside….