Leang Seckon

The King Card Falls on the Road

Art Basel Hong Kong14 Mar – 17 Mar 2015
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  • Rossi & Rossi is pleased to be participating in Art Basel Hong Kong 2015. Exhibiting in the fair’s ‘Insights’ section, which focuses on galleries and artists from Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, the gallery will present a solo show of recent paintings and collages by one of Cambodia’s foremost artists, Leang Seckon.

    Having grown up in the 1970s during the devastating period of Khmer Rouge rule, Seckon witnessed firsthand the government-enforced policies that led to famine and disease, as well as state executions. Today, his striking artworks in a variety of media—textiles, photographs, posters, found objects—are intimate narratives of his memories from the period and the civil war that followed. Brimming with references to popular culture and local lore, such as Buddhist prophecies and folk stories, his intricate and delicate pieces depict both the beauty and the horrors of Cambodia’s past.

    Inspired by the artist’s discovery of a playing card on the grounds of Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace, The King of Hearts Falls on the Road (2015) simultaneously recalls a fortune-teller’s prediction and the anguish of protestors being quelled by armed forces in a still-unstable nation. “How will other cards that I collect inform my works?” he asks.

    For Seckon, the process of creating artworks is cathartic; it allows him to experience and express the identity that was denied to him as a youth. The artist looks nostalgically to an idyllic vision of Cambodia in the 1960s, to a time before the Vietnam War and the rise of the Khmer Rouge. However, his corpus also acts as a warning: drawing parallels between Cambodia’s past and present, it cautions against corruption and environmental destruction.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST:

    Leang Seckon was born in Prey Veng Province, Cambodia, in the early 1970s, around the time of the onset of the American bombings of Indochina. The artist grew up during the brutal reign of the Khmer Rouge and the Cambodian-Vietnamese War. A 2002 graduate of the Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh, he participated in the 2012 Shanghai Biennale. In 2014, Seckon’s second solo exhibition in London was well received, resulting in media coverage by BBC World News and The Times, among others. A work by Seckon (Indochina, 2014) was acquired by the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, and the artist—now based in Phnom Penh—was invited to participate in the forthcoming Asia Pacific Triennial (APT), which takes place in Brisbane later this year.

    Artist Bio
    • Apsara Princess Buppha Devi Dancing Behind a Curtain

      2014
      Cambodia
      Mixed Media on Canvas
      99 x 75 cm (39 x 29 ½ in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Vinegar Night

      2014
      Cambodia
      Mixed media on canvas
      30 x 40 cm (11 ¾ x 15 ¾ in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Giants and Gods

      2015
      Cambodia
      Mixed media on canvas
      90 x 74 cm (35 ½ x 29 in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      My Cambodia, My Beer, My Heart

      2015
      Cambodia
      Mixed media on canvas
      100 x 75 cm (39 ¼ x 29 ½ in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Four Aces in Hand

      2015
      Cambodia
      Mixed media on canvas
      50 x 40 cm (19 ¾ x 15 ¾ in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Asian Town

      2015
      Cambodia
      Mixed media on canvas
      40 x 50 cm (15 ¾ x 19 ¾ in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Love Crossing the Sky

      2015
      Cambodia
      Mixed media on canvas
      40 x 50 cm (15 ¾ x 19 ¾ in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      New Influence

      2015
      Cambodia
      Mixed media on canvas
      40 x 50 cm (15 ¾ x 19 ¾ in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Popular Tree

      2015
      Cambodia
      Mixed media on canvas
      40 x 50 cm (15 ¾ x 19 ¾ in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Where I Go

      2015
      Cambodia
      Mixed media on canvas
      40 x 50 cm (15 ¾ x 19 ¾ in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Brosna Sanloek Bier (Riddle of the Card)

      2014
      Cambodia
      Mixed media on canvas
      40 x 50 cm (15 ¾ x 19 ¾ in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Gods of Nepal and England

      2014
      Cambodia
      Mixed media on canvas
      50 x 40 cm (19 ¾ x 15 ¾ in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Kantha Bopha Magic Medicine

      2014
      Cambodia
      Mixed media on canvas
      66 x 45 cm (26 x 17 ¾ in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Murder Wedding

      2014
      Cambodia
      Mixed media on canvas
      90 x 74 cm (35 ½ x 29 in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Way of Life

      Mixed media on canvas
      89 x 74 cm (35 ½ x 29 in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Double Refugee

      2015
      Cambodia
      Mixed media on canvas
      40 x 50 cm (15 ¾ x 19 ¾ in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Red Peace

      2015
      Cambodia
      Mixed media on canvas
      40 x 50 cm (15 ¾ x 19 ¾ in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      In Front of the Royal Palace

      2015
      Cambodia
      Mixed media on canvas
      40 x 50 cm (15 ¾ x 19 ¾ in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Parasol of the Moon

      2012
      Mixed media on canvas
      200 x 150 cm (79 x 59 in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Parachute

      2012
      Mixed media on canvas
      200 x 150 cm (79 x 59 in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Mother of Asia

      2013
      Mixed media and collage on canvas
      150 x 150 cm (59 x 59 in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Falling Umbrella

      2012
      Mixed media on canvas
      200 x 150 cm (79 x 59 in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Hell of Tuol Sleng

      2014
      Mixed media and collage on canvas
      200 x 200 cm (79 x 79 in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      World Born

      2013
      Mixed media and collage on canvas
      200 x 200 cm (79 x 79 in)

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    • Leang Seckon
      Tea Shop of King Sihanouk

      2014
      Collage on canvas
      150 x 150 cm (59 x 59 in)

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