Whether it be footprints in a clear blue sky, or a black cloud; olympic rings, or a “rainbow”; exploding cars or black “fireworks”, Cai Guo-Qiang will have you by the neck. Whether you choose to believe it or not, you WILL be amazed.
Starting from gunpowder is a helluva a way to begin making art. Quiang was born in 1957 in China, started work in Japan, and now lives in New York. Just from watching… ahem… America’s Next Top Model with Tyra Banks flying Season 3′s contestants to Japan… ahem…, I can see where his outrageous ideas stemmed from. The perky, sometimes excessive (to the western world’s standards), Japanese fashion and media and food and… everything, were a shock for my eyes. And I wasn’t even there, just watching from my safe-haven of a couch.
His art can be of simplistic nature, but the complexity of how he got there is facinating. Take his fireworks. Gorgeous to look at, but very ho hum, especially on July 4th every year here. Fireworks to create footprints in the sky? That’s a new one for me. Cars, take those for example. We see them everyday, right? How about In the air, I’m talking hanging from a ceiling, with the idea that they are exploding because the lights jolting out of them are telling your brain just that. That’s a new one for me and you, I’d say.
via Scene 360