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Friday, November 7, 2014

Bangkok Art and Culture Center Shines Light on: Inson Wongsam Thailand's Red Hot Art Alchemy of Gold and Diamonds

Inson Wongsam, internationally acclaimed artist has a Retrospective at the BACC with over 50,000 sq ft of his art on 5 floors.

Internationally acclaimed artist, Inson Wongsam artwork can be seen at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center. Inson Wongsam has had art exhibitions in 9 countries around the world in Europe, Africa, USA, and throughout Asia.
Inson Wood, the architect son of Inson Wongsam takes us on a tour of the Legendary Thai artist whose journey from Bangkok to Paris, shaped his world view. All photos by award winning photographer for Architecture Digest and Rizzoli Masseria,  Mark Roskams.

Inson Wongsam artwork can be seen at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center.

Inson Wongsam is having a retrospective at the BACC, Bangkok Art and Culture Center.

Inson Wood and his father, Inson Wongsam, at opening day of the Bangkok Art and Culture Center.

Inson Wood and his father, Inson Wongsam, at opening day of the Bangkok Art and Culture Center.

Inson Wongsam, Thailand's top artist, at the BACC, Bangkok Art and Culture Center.

Inson Wongsam, Thailand's top artist, at the BACC, Bangkok Art and Culture Center.

Inson Wongsam, Thailand's top artist, at the BACC, Bangkok Art and Culture Center.

Inson Wongsam, Thailand's top artist, at the BACC, Bangkok Art and Culture Center.
The Ambassador of Italy, Franceso Saverio Nisio, emphasizing the importance of art and culture in Italy and the collaboration of Thai and Italian Artists including my father, Inson Wongsam, who was encouraged to travel to Italy via motorcycle by his Italian art professor to see the works of Michelangelo and Davinci.
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Inson Wongsam, Thailand's top artist, at the BACC, Bangkok Art and Culture Center.
Thailands leading Modern Abstract Artist, with Top Art Collector and Philantrhopist, Petch Osathanugrah, and Master Japanese Artist Professor, Eiji Sumi on opening night at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center. The enormous space was filled with over 1000 guests and Ambassadors and Diplomats from 5 countries.

Inson Wongsam, Thailand's top artist, at the BACC, Bangkok Art and Culture Center.

Inson Wongsam, Thailand's top artist, at the BACC, Bangkok Art and Culture Center.

Navin of Navin Land,  made Thailand's top Artist, Inson Wongsam, the focal point of one of his art shows that travelled to Venice Bienale.

Art by Inson Wongsam, Thailand's top artist.

Inson Wongsam is Thailands top abstract artist.

Inson Wongsam, Thailands top artist - known throughout the world for his epic journey. 

Inson Wongsam, Thailand's leading modern artist, (far right) is being considered by the Guggenheim to showcase his artwork.

Thailand has long been known for its outstanding traditional art and architecture, foremost its golden Buddhas. Now with the work of Internationally Acclaimed Thai Artist, Inson Wongsam, Thailand is on the way to becoming a premier destination for art collectors and gallery curators seeking new visions of the modern art world through an exotic Asian Lens. 
Top 10 things to see in Bangkok, Grand Palace and the Bangkok Art and Culture Center.

Thailands top Artist, Inson Wongsam, was hailed as a visionary at his opening show in Bangkok Thursday night at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center. Over 1000 VIP guests arrived for the opening ceremony of "The Autonomous Spirit" a 50 year Retrospective of Internationally Acclaimed Artist Inson Wongsam.  In attendance were notables such as tthe Ambassador to Italy, Francesco Saverio Nisio and Architect Designer, Inson Wood, who both gave opening remarks. Inson Wongsam's wife, Venetia Walkey, a United Nations Peace Prize recipient also gave a heartfelt speech reviewing the artists career and life spanning 6 decades and 11 countries from India to France then New York City to Japan, China and Thailand.
It was more than 50 years ago that legendary Internationally acclaimed artist, Inson Wongsam, set out on a motorcycle to find himself in the art of European Masters and Abstract artist - pursuing abstract art exploration and never returning to representational art again. 
At 24, the young Northern artist-adventurer travelled on his motorcycle from Chiangmai, Thailand heading west to India and then faraway destinations throughout Europe to broaden his art experiences. Exhibitions along the way at nearly every major University in Delhi, Bombay, Karachi, Instanbul, Bagdad, and a stop in Corfu before going on to Rome and Paris. His travels have been recorded by other artists fascinated  with meetings with artists-critics from different cultures have encouraged him, this energetic Thai sculptor who natural talent and genius exudes creativity, to excel in his unyielding pursuit of abstract works of art to such an extent that he has had shows in 9 countries with little to no Public Relations agent.  Travelling back to the homeland, the determined artist brought back 12 years of art experience in New York City - and proceeded to live without technology for 3 years living nearly a serene version of Apocolypse Now,  with Hill Tribe People in an open air Bungalow with a chicken as his alarm clock and the river as his water source. With the spirit of a creator who explores and revisits his native land, Inson Wongsam has mingled local culture of the Northern Thai and his hyper modern experiences in Paris, New York and Tokyo to create a hybrid futuristic yet almost neo -primitive Abstract art that seeks harmonious interaction between minimal technology ( he does own a cel phone and laptop ) mixed with an appreciation of his artist retreat in Northern Thailand which is a virtual garden of Eden - planted with Mango, Papaya, Leechy, Garlic, Pomegranite, and a series of stunningly beautiful lotus and orchid gardens among which 12 scenic traditional Lanna Thai houses reside in solid Teakwood hidden amongst the lush gardens and forest he personally planted. 
Inson Wongsam: The Autonomous Spirit features over 1000 works including sculptural pieces (1974-now), woodprints (1999-now), and the recent paintings (201- 2present). His works usually reveal uniqueness in relation to the depth of human mind. The exhibition also includes another significant series of sculptures such as "Huay Fai" (1974-1977) which was created from the huge stumps of teakwood trees unfolds the yearning for the purity abides in nature that instigates the community to concern with the loss of trees and forests; miniatures of "Sculptures Under the Sea" (1968-1974), a series of metallic sculptures that suggests the awareness of environmental problems and natural crises are. Some pieces belonging to the series will be fully expressed through a piece of Video art by Jirasak Saengpolsith, Thai contemporary artist; and there is also a set of reassemble sculptures (1997-now), which assembles distinctive pieces of wood with dowel joints that can be adjustable. 
The seminal artist who can intertwine the local principles and weave past, present and future cultures into his abstract art seen through a matrix of  Western art influences from Brancusi to Giacometti and Michelangelo to Davinci - Inson Wongsam bears the distinctive characteristic rarely seen in todays world of copy paste Pop Art. His legend has inspired young artists around the world, who come to visit his mecca of an art studio -  specifically Thai artitst, Wachara Kanha, who was compelled to create biographical documentary about Inson Wongsam's life, quest, and his self-discovery which has left indelible scars and inspired generations with history of this outstanding and visionary Thai artist who has made Thailand proud to be able to say that its country has created a truly international artist, in the work and spirit of Inson Wongsam. Inson Wongsam is being considered by the prestigious Guggenheim Museum to be part of their next artists from around the world exhibit. 
Guest curator: Tuksina Pipitkul
Invited Artists: Jirasak Saengpolsith and Wachara Kanha 
An exhibition by BACC exhibition dept.
For more information, please contact email: exhibition@bacc.or.th
- See more at: http://en.bacc.or.th/event/Inson-Wongsam--The-Autonomous-Spirit.html#sthash.2BDzygzz.dpufhttp://en.bacc.or.th/event/Inson-Wongsam--The-Autonomous-Spirit.html

What if Mr.Brainwash is Banksy? Hublot, David Guetta, Mercedes, Madonna, Kanye, Kate Moss, Williamsburg, and Miami Basel.

Mr. Brainwash with the directors of Hublot Watches. Who buys investment art? Bankers and the elite. Who buys investment watches - Bankers and the elite. Some critics don't like Mr. Brainwash's art - too commercial - not enough integrity...while the fact of the matter is investors buy art for one reason - investment. Warhol and Basquiat sold pieces for $300 dollars when they first started. Mr. Brainwash is the only known mega celebrity artist that you can buy art at the college grad rate - $500 to $5000 is the average going rate for Mr. Brainwash. Already those pieces are selling for $100k or more.  Its all about the ROI and appreciation - you don't have to appreciate art to watch a named artist sky rocket in value. If you believe what Mr. Brainwash says, that anyone can be an artist - then the point in to inspire. Brainwash certainly inspires.
Hublot is the leading luxury brand watch tied with Audemars Piaget and Phillipe Patek for spending on PR campaigns - they have chosen an unlikely candidate - not an athlete or race car driver - but a whack attention grabbing artist, named Mr. Brainwash.
Mr. Brainwash appropriates popular icons.

Mr. Brainwash has been commissioned to paint an entire new condominium in the fashionable Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. 
Banksy - Blek le Rat - Mr. Brainwash aka Thierry Guetta and David Guetta

World Class Interior Designer Architect, Inson Wood, believes strongly that Mr. Brainwash may indeed be Banksy. In any event according to Wood, "His pieces have sold at Phillips de Pury for 5 times valuation estimates. Meaning purchased for 10k, estimated to sell at 20k then selling at 100k - not a bad investment for a years holding.

Mr. Brainwash makes a bit of fun at the commercialization of art much like, Banksy, and even Jeff Koons and his agent provocateur, Larry Gagosian. Its all about branding and manipulation of the public and private view. Many people have made remarks about the uncanny similarity of the method, not just style, of Mr.Brainwash art with that of Banksy. 

Mr. Brainwash and Jonny Depp. 

Mr. Brainwash recycles materials and material such as Warhol, Basquiat, Koons, Hirst and Pop Culture icons.

Why would Hublot choose Mr. Brainwash to be an Ambassador of their brand? They make a 5 million dollar watch - hardly the radical "follow your dreams" to the masses concept - but then again high low is always a good pitch - Jeff Koons with Lady Gaga, Dom Perrignon, and H and M. 

Mr. Brainwash aligns himself with as many rockstars, movie stars, DJ's and luxury brands as possible. 

Mr. Brainwash and 911 World Trade Center Memorial. 

Mr. Brainwash does one thing right - he goes big. 

Mr. Brainwash and Jimmy Fallon - after painting a Mercedes car stunt - painting a late night show host...check!

Music and Mr. Brainwash - the ultimate PR - music. 
     What if there is a secret we don't know about the star of Banksy's film "Exit Through the Gift Shop" - like the possible fact that Mr. Brainwash aka Thierry Guetta is actually Banksy himself. As any good businessman knows from Steve Jobs, Michael Bloomberg, Bill Gates, to Zuckerberg, the concept is to get others to do the work and even give them a little bit of credit.  Banksy has had a number of ambassadors act as him in his absence.  Banksy has also known that graffiti is applauded in London but shunned in America and erased within 24hrs in Paris because Parisians find it so unsightly. Even Blek LeRat, Banksy's other doppelg√§nger pointed out that graffiti was much more applauded in a country that still has a king.
     The biggest question and biggest clue that Banksy may in fact be Mr. Brainwash, or a product there of,  is perhaps the unanswered question  - why on earth would Banksy make a hoax movie or a movie that featured the bumbling videographer, Mr. Brainwash, and then somehow promote him in a video.  The other question is why is Mr. Brainwash's art so similar and of a quality that is as good or better than Banksy's? Is it coached or produced by Banksy - and is Mr. Brainwash just another ambassador of Banksy - or is he indeed the real thing. And why the name Mr. Brainwash - why "Mr." ( for a guy so absolutely casual )  and why "Brainwash". Are we to assume we are being brainwashed by a multinational corporation called Banksy - or is there some real artistic talent going on here in the form of a hyper energetic Frenchman - named Thierry Guetta aka Mr. Brainwash.

    We know one thing for sure, Mr. Brainwash never answers questions about Banksy,  nor goes into to many details about himself - they are the same approximate age, they are similar in philosophy if you dig deep - art for the people and in someways by the people. Something for everyone. Banksy sold paintings in Central Park recently for $25 dollars and gallery shows are often labeled "unauthorized. Perhaps Banksy is a hedgefund conglomerate plot - or maybe just a crazy guy who knows how to sell to the young generation - Brainwash/Guetta allegedly sold blue jeans for much of his life to the tune of a $10 million dollar net worth.

     To collector - dealers like Inson Dubois Wood it almost doesn't matter if Mr. Brainwash is Banksy or not, ( although he does think he could be ) - "Mr. Brainwash has evolved into his own very unique brand. He has a loyal following - just look at the people who come out to see his art shows - you can't fake that. Brainwash is in any case independent of the mentor shadow of Banksy, whether Banksy turns out to be his teacher or his alter ego, it no longer matters. He is co-branding with the biggest names in the world: Hublot, Jimmy Fallon, Madonna, Mercedes, Kanye, DJ David Guetta, Realestate Developers and powerhouse art collectors as well as big auction houses like Phillips de Pury.  The next best investment art could well be Thierry Guetta aka Mr. Brainwash.

Either way it perhaps doesn't matter because he is slowly becoming the ultra prolific
Picasso/Warhol hybrid of the new millenia - no one can keep up with his energy, no one can even come close to the number of pieces he makes, the scale and size of his shows and audience - at the recent olympics in London - he had a space of 140,000 square feet with 50,000 visitors - that makes Andy Warhol look like a middle school drop out in popularity. His presence is overwhelming whether globally at fashion shows and art openings or virtually all over the internet on every social media possible - the extraverted artist we see in Brainwash is quite the opposite of the recluse we see in Banksy...and that's a good thing - todays artist should have a voice (mail ) and a face ( book )....
To see more of Mr.Brainwash - go to www.mrbrainwash.com

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Le Corbusier Villa Savoye - France's modern architectural treasure

Villa Savoye, Poissy-sur-Seine, 1929-30

Perhaps one of Le Corbusier's most famous works of architecture - this little house on the outskirts of Paris has inspired countless young architects. Its beauty is in its simplicity and encompasses several interesting modern concepts such as a free floating facade, strip windows and the open plan. 

One of the most famous houses of the modern movement in architecture, the Villa Savoye is a masterpiece of LeCorbusier's purist design. It is perhaps the best example of LeCorbusier's goal to create a house which would be a "machine a habiter," a machine for living (in). Located in a suburb near Paris, the house is as beautiful and functional as a machine. 
The Villa Savoye was the culmination of many years of design, and the basis for much of LeCorbusier's later architure. Although it looks severe in photographs, it is a complex and visually stimulating structure. As with his church of Notre Dame du Haute, Ronchamp, the building looks different from every angle. After falling into disrepair after the war, the house has been restored and is open to the public.
Villa Savoye, Le Corbusier's machine for living - design features of the Villa Savoye include:

  • modulor design -- the result of Corbu's researches into mathematics, architecture (the golden section), and human proportion
  • "pilotis" -- the house is raised on stilts to separate it from the earth, and to use the land efficiently. These also suggest a modernized classicism.
  • no historical ornament, something quite radical at the time.
  • abstract sculptural design
  • pure color -- white on the outside, a color with associations of newness, purity, simplicity, and health (LeCorbusier earlier wrote a book entitled, When the Cathedrals were White), and planes of subtle color in the interior living areas
  • a very open interior plan
  • dynamic , non-traditional transitions between floors -- spiral staircases and ramps
  • built-in furniture
  • ribbon windows (echoing industrial architecture, but also providing openness and light)
  • roof garden, with both plantings and architectural (sculptural) shapes
  • integral garage (the curve of the ground floor of the house is based on the turning radius of the 1927 Citroen)
  • Little known fact - Le Corbusier loved privacy and liked to walk around naked hence the creation of the inner courtyard at Villa Savoye. 

Important, Interesting and Key Facts about the Villa Savoye

It was built between the I and II World Wars for a couple, Pierre and Emilie Savoye, as a country home in Poissy, on the outskirts of Paris, France. The house fell into disuse after 1940, and entered a state of disrepair during World War II (occupied twice during the war: first by the Germans and then by the Americans, both damaging the building severely). The Savoye family returned to their estate after the war, but, no longer in position to live as they had done before the war, they abandoned the house again shortly after.

It became the property of the French state in 1958, and after surviving several plans of demolition, it was designated as an official French historical monument in 1965 (a rare occurrence, as Le Corbusier was still living at the time). It was thoroughly renovated from 1985 to 1997, and under the care of the Centre des monuments nationaux.

Drawing inspiration from the design of early 20th century machinery such as electricity turbines and low-pressure ventilating fans, Le Corbusier conceived a space that would be similar in functionality and design to a machine, following his architectural mantra of "machines for living" (machines à habiter).
The villa was designed addressing Le Corbusier's emblematic "Five Points", the basic tenets in his new architectural aesthetic:
1. Support of ground-level pilotis, elevating the building from the earth and allowed an extended continuity of the garden beneath.
2. Functional roof, serving as a garden and terrace, reclaiming for nature the land occupied by the building.
3. Free floor plan, relieved of load-bearing walls, allowing walls to be placed freely and only where aesthetically needed.
4. Long horizontal windows, providing illumination and ventilation.
5. Freely-designed facades, serving as only as a skin of the wall and windows and unconstrained by load-bearing considerations.

Le Corbusier chose a flat roof for the Villa Savoye, a move he argued was for functionality, though it may just as well have been for the appearance of functionality. Eventually, the roof proved less than fully functional and leaked. The owners took Le Corbusier to court. But World War II broke out before the matter was settled, and the building was left in a state of disrepair.

'The approach is by car and as one passes under the building (a demonstration of urban doctrine), and follows the curve of industrial glazing (of which the geometry was determined by the car's turning circle), it becomes clear that one is to be drawn into a machine-age ritual. The plan of the building is square (one of the 'ideal' forms from Vers une architecture), curves, ramp and grid of structure providing the basic counterpoint to the perimeter. The section illustrates the basic divisions of a service and circulation zone below, a piano nobile above, and the celestial zone of the solarium on top: it's the section-type of Le Corbusier's ideal city but restated in microcosm.' Simon Glynn 2001