Sculpture working

by Yule Heibel on June 1, 2005

This past weekend I came upon Sculpture Magazine, new to me. Inside the May issue is an interview with Cai Guo-Qiang, whose work strikes me as fantastically disturbing, attractive, thoughtful, and magical.

No, it’s not all flying tigers shot through with arrows, like this:

… His other work, describing …consumption?, interchange? — it’s as disturbing.

Here’s a photo from Dream

…which features blood-ghost appliances and cars and missiles and all the junk we make and sell.

And here’s one from Art Shopping Network,

which makes you wonder what’s being netshopped.

There’s an exhibition of his work at MassMoCA (till October 2005). If I still lived in Boston, a day trip to North Adams would be on my agenda for sure…


melanie June 2, 2005 at 5:28 am

Jesus I hope he didn’t use a real tiger, it’s disturbing enough as it is.

I guess half naked guys get to sell art, while half naked girls only get to sell cars’n’stuff!

Yule Heibel June 2, 2005 at 4:31 pm

No, those definitely aren’t formerly real tigers! But they’re disturbingly “real” looking. The magazine says the installation is made of “papier mach

joseph duemer June 11, 2005 at 10:21 pm

Wouldn’t the point be stronger if the tiger hides were real? Confiscated from poachers? Or what if the artist had gone out & shot a real tiger & strung the bloody corpse up in a gallery for us to gawk at? I mean, if you want authentic art . . .

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