Calling all art aficionados and enthusiasts who are obsessed with street and futuristic art. You’re in for a trippy experience at Siam Center’s latest collab with the graphic designer of this generation and international graffiti master Felipe Pantone in ‘Siam Center Presents Felipe Pantone’.
The 3-dimensional work dubbed “a mix of kinetic and futuristic styles” by the artist himself is a feast for the eyes. On top of that, this is the first time ever that Felipe Pantone has exhibited his work in Thailand (you heard that right). From the US to Spain, from France to Norway, and even at Facebook headquarters in California, Felipe’s has put his mark on the world — either in the form of graffiti or graphic murals.
The installation’s concept is abstract and quirky, reflecting the world of digital influence, or to put it in a contemporary term, ‘digital disruption.’ The glitch effects and optical art, perfected through computer graphics and intricate spray paint skills, emphasize how information has infiltrated pretty much every aspect of human life.
For better context, the new wave of Felipe’s artistic direction has been a major shift from his previous sets of work — from spray painting Pant1 (his nickname) to high-contrast, unconventional computer-generated graphics. However, what remains the same for the Argentinian-Spanish artist who’s been in the game since the age of 12 is cutting vinyl and spray painting by hands.
Apart from the 3-dimensional work, you can gaze at his other paintings on display, including CHROMADYNAMIC #81, OPRICHROMIE #107, CHROMADYNAMICA #82, and SUBTRACTIVE VARIABILITY #25. Funky names for funky artwork, right?
Another signature piece of work from this collaboration between Siam Center and Felipe Pantone (pronounced Fili-pay Pan-to-nay) is his reimagination of a Christmas tree. No, it’s not what you thought, you won’t find any jingle bells, red and green ornaments, and cliché reindeer. The symmetrical tree is lit up (literally) by LED light bulbs and surrounded by neon lights. While we’re living in 2018, Felipe’s already celebrating Christmas in the year 3017.
In addition to the Christmas tree (surprise!), one more installation you can catch is the light pillar which Felipe took part in curating on G Floor for Siam Center, dubbed the ‘Ideaopolis’ to match its active trendsetting status of Bangkok’s fun urban landscape (although, you might mistake it for glitchy screen – that’s the point!).
You know the drill — if you want to fill up the imagination bank of the right side of the brain, head over to the Siam Center Presents Felipe Pantone exhibition and see the work of the artist whose identity remains hidden until now (seriously — he only appears from behind in his Instagram feed) on G Floor today until Dec 31.