A 36 feet tall, 60 feet wide, the monumental anchor for the CAI Art Gound. The Soundman’s head is powered by wind… Inside the head, there are 7 switches, each connects to a CD player, when the head is turned by wind, it will randomly turn on 5 switches at every turn. So wind is the composer and conductor of the SOUNDMAN.
Inspired by the Turul skeleton in the Tatabanya Museum Yard in Hungary. The timeless avant grade masterpiece, Turul skeleton, is made in 1895 by renowned sculptor Gyula Donath. With very simple intertwine of steel beams, the skeleton captured the powerful persona of this Hungarian national bird Turul. This series is a collaboration of Yin Peet and Viktor Lois between 2004 to 2010, it consists a total of 6 large steel sculpture made from recycled steel, starting with “Turulne” (the Mother), followed by the “Egg”, “Boy Turul” and “Girl Turul” (two children), the “Christmas Tree” and finally a “Teddy Bear” completed the Family series.
MECHANICAL… KINETIC… HUMOUR… POETIC SARCASM… RECYCLED… INTERACTIVE…
Created between 1995 and 2000, a series of 10 kinetic (from 9 feet to 20 feet), utilitarian, optimistic (body & soul) steel sculptures painted in bright blue, red, yellow and silver. The primary materials are old machinery parts, such as recycled car frames, washing machine drums. Each is embedded with a unique mechanical design for its movement and ironic connotations. The concept is responding to the phenomenon that living in an era of excessive consumption in developed countries, what seems to be people’s current focus is not basic food and nourishment but ways to reduce weight and get rid of seemingly excess nutrients, not to use muscles, energy and time for survival but for vanity and seeking superficial beauty. While the developed world is full of body building machines to pump up human muscles, the human mind has seemingly become lazier, duller and less hopeful. This incongruous phenomenon calls for poetic sarcasm and visually artistic action to create an awakening. Unlike the conventional exercise machines, which encourage us to put our mind aside and simply let our muscles work, Lois’ machines engage the exerciser’s mind-body coordination, employ a user’s aesthetic awareness, extract strings of imagination, and go beyond the normal. For example, in the “Flying Machine”, when exercisers pull both arms from their sides to their chest, the wings flap up and down in a gesture like a bird taking off.