Friday, March 9, 2012

Cai Guo-Qiang at MoCA

More sensation in LA: a gunpowder drawing by Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang.

This is in preparation for an exhibition of his work at MoCA.

Cai uses gunpowder and explosions frequently as a kind of writing, sometimes ephemeral, as in this iconic image staged at our very own Nevada Test Site.

What does the work mean?  Are the explosions surrogates for war, conflict, controversy...nuclear bombs?  Are they menacing?  Are they an effective metaphor?

A field trip to Los Angeles seems in order for late spring: Levitated Mass, a land art show at MoCA, "Ends of the Earth," and Cai Guo-Qiang.  Who's in?

1 comment:

  1. I would love to go to LA and see Levitated Mass. The grads are planning a trip to Cali, at this point they are considering San Francisco, San Diego, or LA. Maybe this could persuade them to go to LA.