Romhaur | LOEUM Lorn



May 2 – 25, 2018

Reception: Thursday, May 10, 5:30–8 PM

Curated by Andrew D. Jankowski

Artist's Statement:

Loeum Lorn did Romhaur series in 2014. He raised the question of our own nature. Who are we and what are we made of inside, at the deepest level? Loeum Lorn invited people to go farther in things and one-self to understand it better and change our view on oneself and the world.

He took photos of the ice with a macro lense, in the idea to go deeper inside the ice, to see what the ice was composed of, what we cannot see usually. Then he printed it on photo paper to see clearly all the details. These photos look more mineral, some like microscopic slides.

By looking at it, we can really not know that it is ice. This astonished effect allows us to put the idea of self in perspective and break the solidity of our certainties to get a more open-minded view, which lead us to unexpected and interesting ways.

Loeum Lorn falt in the ice media by accident and was like caught by it by fascination. Then he realized that it had unconsciously a strong link with his thinkings and what he lived every day. Like meditation process, his approach moved from unconscious to conscious one.

Loeum Lorn used then ice media to express willfully his vision of life forged by his experiences, questioning constantly the sense of this media with his vision. Loeum Lorn doesn’t know where his thinkings and work with ice will lead him forward. His approach is launched and he lets it, the nature and the time working until something emerges of it.

Loeum Lorn, born and based in Battambang (Cambodia) studied Visual Art at Phare Ponleu Selpak, graduating in 2005. His work relies on the use of ice as a way to make a bond between his art, spirituality and meditation. His artwork is based on painting, photography, video and performance. He is the founder and manager of Tep Kao Sol Gallery since 2016. Since 2018, his work is on a permanent display at Loeum Lorn's Gallery. Loeum Lorn artworks are parts of the Singaporean heritage board's collection.

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