Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cai Guo-Qiang

Cai Guo-Qiang is a Chinese artist who has been gaining worldwide acclaim for some years now. He works in a unique medium, gunpowder. His "illustrations" or fire paintings are created by setting different mixes of gun power on fire on a large canvas or piece of paper. He recently did a performance at the Philadelphia Museum of Art where he created new works while the public watched. The contrast between the aesthetic of the works vs. the violent way they are created is gorgeous. He also works in many other mediums. Some of his work on display now involves hanging cars from the ceiling with rope lights protruding from them giving the illusion of them being fireworks. He also has a piece featuring a stuffed tiger with arrows protruding from all directions. Also evocative of fireworks. I sense a theme here.

Check it out here.

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