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“There are no human limits in art. You can make the impossible possible”

The “Absolute & Infinite” Art of Kalman Pool

At only 25, Pool’s art has already been exhibited in galleries from Chicago to Shanghai, including highly prestigious institutions like the Saatchi Gallery in London

Kalman Pool

wants no compass to guide his work or a single medium to define his art. He doesn’t even wish to be held back by the fundamental law of gravity.

Growing up in Guangzhou, not particularly focused on art but devoting most of his time to the sport of badminton, training with an athlete’s level of commitment, even as a kid. But he didn’t like the fact that he didn’t invariably win all games.

Things changed when he bought his first camera and began to photograph his surroundings and play with the digital manipulation of images.

He studied photography at the Parsons School of Design. But, disappointed by the school’s emphasis on fashion and overall lack of creative vibrancy, he dropped out.

Chicago didn’t come without its share of traumas, though. Pool’s relationship with his then-partner became rocky, with intense arguments that occasionally culminated in physical violence. Amid the conflict, over 30 pieces of his work were destroyed.

Pool graduated in 2019 with a bachelor’s in fine arts, from the Art Institute of Chicago. He tried almost all different media types at the institute, from painting to ceramic sculpture and VR.

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Struck by the loss of so many pieces, he turned to 3D sculpting as a safer way to create art.

This experience echoed in his art

particularly the ceramic sculptures, which Pool feels are almost abstract self-portraits in the form of traumatized, futuristic beings.

Public sculpture can be very tall and overwhelming,” he says. Unsurprisingly, public art is another way for him to transcend limits. After all, he believes “there are no human limits in art. You can make the impossible possible — art is absolute and infinite.”