He is particulary drawn to the galaxy, and to his ancestors, and both have their own association with gunpowder. With the advent of US and China exchanging artistic idea’s, his “explosion events” became quite popular in the west. Cai Guo on his gunpowder drawings , which strongly reflect Mao Zedong’s tenet “destroy nothing, create nothing.”…. “In some sense, Mao Zedong influenced all artists from our generation with his utopian romance and sentiment.”
His latest show, at MOCA in Los Angeles, Sky Ladder, is his first West Coast exhibition. It includes 3 gunpowder drawings, an art performance called “Mystery Circle” and an installation called “Crop Circle”. 40,000 rockets were launched, airborne, for a spectacular show. The audience was in awe, and if you missed it, no worries, there’s a video loop of the event.
Cai Guo-Qiang was born in 1957 in Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China. As a boy, he was exposed early on to Western literature from his father Cai Ruiqin, who worked in a bookstore. In the 1980’s he experimented with theater, and then combined art with experimental theater, mostly politically charged. In the 1990’s he started using gunpowder, fengshui, Chinese medicine, shanshui paintings, science, flora and fauna, portraiture,and fireworks, all of these perfect materials and narratives with which to create art as he see’s it, a social and political platform, one with deep roots in culture, a place to express his feelings and methodology.
Jun 20 13 @ 6:00 PMIsabelle Wenzel Opening at HAUSERGALLERY Switzerland
Jun 21 13 @ 6:16 PMModular Presents FOR 2013
Jun 22 13 @ 4:00 PMMATTE Presents...Full Moon Party at Governor's Island
Jun 28 13 @ 11:29 AMMAN Paris - S/S '14
Jun 29 13 @ 1:39 PMMoMA PS1 Warm Up 2013
Aug 28 13 @ 3:55 PMVenice Film Festival
Jun 17 13 @ 12:21 AMPretty Lights' A Color Map Of The Sun'
Jun 16 13 @ 9:00 PMThe Happy Show at Le Baron Chinatown
Jun 15 13 @ 12:00 PMLondon Collections Mens
May 02 13 @ 2:18 PMMedium Concepts Sample Sale