by Sara Farizan
ACTON, MA- Viktor Lois is a transformer. Not like one from a summer blockbuster where robots beat one another to a pulp, but Lois is one with the machines of his own creation.
In his 30 or more years of creating art, Lois is exhibiting his steel creations with the help of the Contemporary Arts International, a non-profit focused on bringing art and fostering art education in New England, located in the Acton area. Lois, a Hungarian artist with an eye for bringing humanity to industrial specimens, has made his brightly colored inventions out of recycled car frame, old machinery scraps and washing machine bits.
His works in the “Body Builders” sculpture series are anywhere from 9 to 20 feet in height and can actually help you body build as they are functioning exercise machines.
In these machines Lois hopes that those that choose to exercise will not only be concerned with getting buff, but see the machines as a mental exercise. His tongue and cheek look at what a Body Builder means is up to the audience.
One piece entitled “Flying Machine” tests one’s mind-eye coordination and as you pull your arms to your chest, the wings of the sculpture, looking very much like a bird, flap up and down. It is in your motion that the pieces come to life.
This kinetic artwork installation will be open to the public on the CAI grounds July 31st with activities scheduled from 2 PM- 5 PM. Lois will be on hand to give a talk and demonstration of his wondrous machines at 3 PM.
The outdoor, interactive sculpture and music event will be located at 68 Quarry Road in Acton, MA.