Kalman Pool completed his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2019, followed by his MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art in London in 2021. Concurrently, he attended the Swatch Art Peace Hotel as an artist-in-residence, where he was invited to create a Swatch X You artist special WATCH. In 2023, he was invited to create a large-scale installation, “WEAVVY 海宇,” for Lincoln China, showcased at the biennial Auto Shanghai Show and drew over one million visitors.
Inspired by BioArt and natural history, Pool’s interdisciplinary works examine the dialectical relationship between virtual and physical, seemingly reconciling both by means of fantastically inventing VR-made bio-mutated phantasms, inflatable simulacra and invented pictographic language installations. Kalman was inspired by the inflatable dummies used by the U.S. top-secret “Ghost Army” in WWII, combining VR techniques and inflatables to create installations and digital pieces. He uses mechanical reproduction knowingly to question the authenticity of the original, whilst the vibrant aliveness of the sculptures themselves goes beyond the mundanity of simulacra.
“Despite being an artwork made using a mechanical reproduction method and a simulacrum simulated through utopian VR, each of my inflatable sculptures gives life in virtue of its physically inflated body with the possibility of interaction with its natural surroundings.”
Kalman Pool has exhibited in both institutional and gallery shows in China, Europe and the US like Jupiter Museum of Art Shenzhen and Saatchi Gallery London.