Ichwan Noor is a contemporary artist born in Jakarta, Indonesia, on May 5th of 1963. Noor’s recognizable talent allows him to create lots of three-dimensional sculpture art and absolutely outstanding large-scale works. His imagination never stops running through! Using many techniques throughout all his work, casting, molding, and welding have two be the most common when creating his contemporary art gems.
Known for many incredible large-scale works that leave his audience completely stunned, there’s one that immediately comes in mind when mentioned the contemporary artist, the Beetle Sphere. Noor exhibited the first piece of this series in 2011, which later on got him publically acclaimed for it at Art Basel HongKong in 2013.
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His main goal with this creation was to transform something familiar from people’s everyday lives and make it become something out of this world, almost supernatural, an object with its own life. His artistic design merges the concept of the personal perception of this object with a magical identity. The artist combines the technique of manipulation of the form and substitution and molds it in a way that can still be perceptible for its audience whilst being completely deformed. This form of crazy art leaves room for new interpretations of the object and it’s audience surely will end up giving a new meaning to it.
When asked about the iconic Beetle series, the contemporary artist explain that since its something that is so familiar to everyone across the globe, no matter if their old, young, their social status, etc, the Beetle is a timeless car and considered one of the most successful and iconic car designs, one that people will always recognize and be familiar with. Noor loves the nostalgia that this piece brings to every single person that lays eyes in one of the pieces from the series!
Written by Daria Egorova