Indonesian artist Ichwan Noor has done something incredible to a heap of car parts, a few scraps of aluminum and some carefully crafted pieces of polyester.
The artist managed to create a tightly compressed sphere resembles a brand-new 1953 Volkswagen Beetle that was somehow balled up into a globular mass of shiny yellow goodness.
During the Art Basel show that was recently held in Hong Kong, the artwork is a strong statement by Noor that resonates all over the world. The obscure artist from Jakarta is hard to catch for an interview to comment how he made this unusual sculpture.
“Events like Hong Kong Art Basel will provide him with the needed exposure,” Jakarta-based Art:1 deputy director Monica Gunawan said. “He is quite well known in Jakarta, but not so much in the international art market.”
According to Hong Kong art site Juxtapose, the Indonesian artist created this perfect sphere by “transforming, fusing and morphing” a vintage 1953 Volkswagen Beetle into this insane art installation.
“Noor is known in his native Indonesia, but he is hoping the glittering, champagne-soaked art fair will give him further recognition beyond his home borders. Such are the opportunities that await emerging and lesser-known artists at Art Basel, which aims to highlight Hong Kong’s growing role as a global arts hub,” writes The Japan Times.
At the Art Besel show orks from more than 3,000 international artists have been exhibited through 245 of the world’s leading galleries, more than half of which come from Asia.
Inspired by the show’s attendance of so many well-heeled collectors, galleries have competed with each other to hold lavish parties aiming to attract big-spending buyers.
At one of such events last week, supermodel Kate Moss was photographed with the likes Rupert Murdoch’s wife, Wendi, and Dasha Zhukova, the art-collecting wife of billionaire Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich.
Henrietta Tsui, owner of local specialists Gallerie Ora-Ora and founder of the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association, has invited her honored guests into Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor on the family’s yacht. She initially planned to hold a single event on the boat but had to make multiple trips because of demand.
“The response has been overwhelming, we were five times oversubscribed and we couldn’t accommodate all of them,” she said, adding that buyers came from all across the globe.
“It’s been fun at the back of the (exhibition) room trying to figure out all the different credit cards from around the world — that’s quite an indication of the kind of turnout,” she said.
The four-day show, which is held every year, has until now only been opened in Switzerland and the United States and has made a dazzling debut in a city better known as a fast-paced financial hub.
Due to its international status, convenient location as an Asian hub and a larger selection of famous galleries than other city centers in Asia, “it makes sense” to have the fair in Hong Kong, said Garance Massart, who directs a Switzerland-based art consultancy.
“I think the wealth is growing and so is the market,” she said.