CON DAO, Vietnam – May 20, 2014 – Six Senses Con Dao presents a unique live art event in the late afternoon on Friday, June 13, 2014. The island hideaway will exclusively host artist Paul Frank Wagner as he unveils his latest installation titled “Homeward Bound.” This live exhibition is influenced by the annual turtle season and will be accompanied by Danang-based DJ John Cove.
His rope installation will occupy a space of roughly 377 square feet (35 square meters) and be centrally located inthe resort’s Marketplace; much of the material on display will come from the island’s fishermen. Improvised over a few hours, the life-sized piece will then be scaled down and sold at the resort through a silent auction which will run from June to September. All proceeds will go to the resort’s Turtle Club Fund which was established to provide swimming lessons to the children of Con Son Island.
Paul Frank Wagner is a contemporary artist based in Paris. His art is strongly influenced by what was coined in the 1960s as Arte Povera (poor art). Paul’s primary inspiration originates from his fascination for Christo's 1960s interpretation of Man Ray's "L'Enigme d'Isidore Ducasse" (1920), a sewing machine covered with a woolen blanket and then bound with rope. Paul came upon this ideal by removing the central component to reveal the highlight: rope. He said, “The use of rope as my primary material essentially aims to promote a revolutionary art, free from any convention and power of structure.”
Texture, accessibility, upcycling, and, most importantly, an ability to both connect and free distinct elements are the reasons Paul has chosen to use rope in his artwork. He has created and developed a unique art form of 3D rope painting; suspending a frame with ropes through walled anchors. Each installation is truly unique; intrinsically enhanced by the ambience, acoustics, atmosphere, and audience.
The summer season of the turtles will be the key influence when Paul lays the first rope and serve as the inspiration for “Homeward Bound.” “When I decided to exhibit in Vietnam I wanted a unique setting for my work and Six Senses Con Dao is the perfect venue which is as much a part the work as the installation itself. I like the title of “Homeward Bound” as the home can be easily associated back to the frame in my work. The context of bound is the ropes on the frame. I think it also works for Six Senses as a home away from home where the journey of the sea turtles instinctively finding home; coming back to familiar shores to lay their eggs is repeated year after year. They are nature’s guests coming back to the resort to rest. I will associate the idea of these traveling sea turtles and the resort guests when I create around the frame,” said Wagner.
Giovanni M. Luna, artist and contemporary art critic, summarizes Paul’s passion, “The viewer is entirely captured by the tornado of entwined cords that creates an abstract, yet extremely humane landscape; one is inevitably intrigued by the discipline and virtuosity through which beauty is obtained. The tension and contortions of the rope paintings, brought to their essence by the hands of the artist, give the viewer an intimate feeling that goes beyond anything of a tangible realm.”
Paul Frank Wagner was born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France in 1970. Raised in New York City, he studied art history at the University of Vermont and worked in the luxury goods industry before becoming an independent artist. Today, he travels the world creating installations in the most unique locations in the world, which result in one-of-a-kind rope paintings.
“We are continuously searching for ways to delight our guests,” adds General Manager Edouard Grosmangin. “A full day of events focused around the experience will be on offer for our guests and highlighted by a cocktail reception and music from DJ John Cove. As Paul weaves his art, we hope guests can take a moment to contemplate the unparalleled experiences Six Senses Con Dao continues to offer. It may even be a spiritual moment for some. We also find this is a great addition to the inclusions of Turtle Season and hope that the funds raised from auction of the final piece will be enough to launch the first swimming lessons on the island.”
A special art package which includes two nights’ accommodation, roundtrip airfare from Ho Chi Minh City, local island transfers, half board meals and Turtle Season inclusions is available from USD 1,822 per couple.
Contemporary artist Paul Frank Wagner
Elephant Bar at Six Senses Con Dao
Notes to the Editor:
Turtle Season runs from May through September 2014 and includes many enticing benefits to celebrate the natural occurrence of the annual green sea turtle nesting and hatching:
- 20 percent savings on all spa treatments
- Complimentary access to morning group yoga classes at 8:30 am
- Two-for-one Vietnamese cooking classes
- Nightly movie screenings at Marketplace
- Stargazing at the only observatory in southern Vietnam
- Homemade selections of ice cream and sorbet in Deli’cious
Package booking code is BOUND
- Applicable for new bookings. Stay period is Friday, June 13 to Sunday, June 15, 2014.
- All bookings made outside of the stated period are not eligible for the offer.
- Rates are subject to five percent service charge and 10 percent government tax.
- Extra nights can be reserved at best available rate; a surcharge for extra guests will be applicable.
- This offer is applicable worldwide, but not available to groups, conferences or meetings.
- Terms and condition do apply, visit sixsenses.com for details.
- Advance reservations are required and subject to availability.
About Six Senses Con Dao
Six Senses Con Dao is set in a protected national and marine park. Comprising 50 contemporary private pool villas it has been recognized as a top eco lodge by National Geographic Traveler. Several dining alternatives offer local flavors, seafood and world cuisine.
Six Senses Spa at Con Dao has the dramatic backdrop of the Lo Voi Mountains, with classic signature treatments and specialist therapies. There is a host of activities on hand to entertain all ages. From water and beach sports to hiking, discovering nature and turtle watching, Con Dao Island has something special for all interests and ages.
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