The Explosive Cai-Guo Qiang

http://www.pbs.org/art21/artists/cai-guo-qiang

A more recent discovery for me, Cai-Guo Qiang who forces beauty and power onto large scale blank canvases and meets the challenge of the canvas with open arms. His gunpowder drawings are said to reflect the Mao Zedong’s tenet “destroy nothing, creating nothing”. He is inspired not only by the formulation of his own culture, but also that of art itself. His large explosive works are expressive works made through suppressive nature. To create one of these works takes days and weeks of layering and spacial planning, assisted by a collaborative group of artists, Cai-Guo Qiang is able to clearly envision what he is trying to paint. Although his works are some what unpredictable, the gunpowder is applied in a way in which there is a certain amount of limited control. We pulled from his work influences of blaze, brilliance, conceptual contrast, and collaboration.

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