The Invisible, 2015 | [Materials] Fedora Hats, Steel, Carbon Fibre, Computer, Compressed Air Components, Mp3 Player. Dimensions: ❬4.5m x 4.5m x 0.8m❭
Photographer: Rui Zhu | 2019 @ K11 art space, Guangzhou, China.
A sculptural homage to the helicopter attack scene from the film Apocalypse Now! Duplicate robots dangle from a metal frame, with arrays of black rods joining each of the eight Fedora hats to these machines. The Squadron is in flight formation and ready to attack. The hats hover in midair at roughly eye level with the observer. This alludes to an invisible human presence below each Fedora. The allusion to humanity is a common thread throughout my work. The Fedoras themselves are a symbolization of a bygone era and the beginning of the atomic age. A copious supply of electrical cables and air tubes are woven between the mechanized elements. As the sound of Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries kicks in, the hats swerve and gyrate in formation, rushing this way and that under the guidance of the computer program. Creating a surreal sculptural performance.