March 13 – May 25 2014
Four Countries is an installation of works on paper by the writer and visual artist Chath Piersath. Created during times spent in Cambodia, Turkey, Thailand and the US, Four Countries further explores the artist’s concern with relationships between memory and recollection and tensions of imagination and experience. The installation is a collection of paintings that re-ignite the raw, visceral appeal of traditions in expressionist art as the works sharply shift between abstraction and narration, often appearing as spontaneous fragments of thoughts and observations and insights on the unstable qualities of human experience.
Thematically, Four Countries explores how one can become transformed through travel when the rush of new experiences supersede the memories of old. The places of Four Countries had a particular impact on Piersath in opening new understandings of his place in the world and the self is acknowledged as a process of making and re-making. The installation particularly carries a touching sense of the transient or ephemeral, acknowledging how intense or exceptionally significant experience reveals one’s physical and emotional states as always fragile.
Chath Piersath was born in the province of Banteay Meanchey, Cambodia in 1970 and moved to the US in 1981 as a refugee. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and currently divides his time between the US and Cambodia. Piersath publishes regularly and exhibits extensively. His poetry books include After and This Body Mystery (Abingdon Square Publishing 2009 + 2012) and anthologies include Children of Cambodia’s Killing Fields (Yale University Press 2009). Exhibitions include Kunming (2007), China; Rhode Island Foundation Gallery (2003); Whistler’s Museum of Lowell (2003); Queen’s Gallery (2004), Bangkok; and a solo exhibition at Tally Beck Contemporary (2013) in New York City.