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Johnny Hawaii (aka Albert Mayr)
Johnny Hawaii (aka Albert Mayr)
Albert Mayr, in an almost neo-dadaistic way, recycles the iconic fragments of our everyday, common office surroundings: computer screens, CD-drives, networks of wires are being turned into functional objects, gates and doors, fountains and showers, carpets and decorative canvases. Furthermore, Mayr as an enthusiastic and playful innovator, manipulates the sizes, blowing up the dimensions of well known objects, and bringing in an uncanniness and temporary disorientation. Here, the computer cd-drawer of our standardised reality becomes a gigantic edifice with monumental arch, thus, of course, at the first glance avoking Alice’s experience of the wonderland, but indeed, in a good sense of neopop, criticizing the technocratic hyperworld of electronics and information and a hyper-consumer society dominated by its power. Mayr points out the ambiguity and arbitrariness of things: the ordinary easily functions as extraordinary, the functional as the dysfunctional, or differently functional; the certainty of things and beliefs is suspended, or rather replaced by a will to experiment with the potentialities and flexibility of our choices. (Text by Adam Budak)

Austrian based Albert Mayr's approach is properly described as expanded sculpture, being an artist's articulation in space, matter and form. His artistic alter ego Johnny Hawaii easily crosses the borderlines between spatial installation and sound.
Encore (Location: lust gallery)
Art, music and aggression can be the same thing. After many generations of youth who were obsessed with music, the boundaries between art and music are dissolved. Many artists create works that transform their ultra ego into a rock star. However, the artists can also be a music addict by exploring their own fetish for Vinyl records and other collectables. The essence of the encore is ones need for more. 
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