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Massive 8min explosive performance made citizens call the police

Massive 8min explosive performance made citizens call the police

Cai Guo-Qiang - Elegy (Explosion Event), The Ninth Wave at Huangpu riverfront of the Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China

Cai Guo-QiangElegy, chapter one of Elegy: Explosion Event for the opening of Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave, realized on the riverfront of the Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China, 5:00 p.m., August 8th, 2014, approximately 8 minutes

Cai Guo-Qiang is a New York based artist and one of the furthermost celebrated contemporary artists originating from China. He is known for a remarkable new kind of fireworks spectacles which he calls “explosion events.” He has taken gunpowder, one of China’s Four Great Inventions and led the way in a new impressive form of art that is substantial and metaphorical. His fireworks represent nature, culture, life, and death.

Cai’s captivation with pyrotechnics had origins in weaponry and physics, evolving into an affinity with traditional Chinese brush painting. Thus the violent explosions are transformed into a tool of art, creating a masterpiece in the sky, a masterpiece that only has a short lifetime, and fades away. Cai’s daytime “explosion events,” intimates classical brush painting. Cai involves organic vegetable dyes as opposed to just gunpowder, the smoke from these “explosion events” gradually blurs in the air almost as ink from a brush stroke is absorbed by rice paper in traditional painting. His daylight skywriting signifies his deep traditionalism and his modernism all at once.

Cai’s work in front of the Power Station of Art in Shanghai, China is eight minutes of colors filing the sky, in a ritualistically sincere elucidation of the ‘death of nature’. The show personifies the natural world with remembrance, looking back on the past and the transitory nature of time through a display of colorful smoke. The smoke fades away until nothing is left, no reminiscence of the beauty that once was, just like everything that exists in nature.

The police asked the artist not to publicize the event to prevent traffic problems. The fireworks left many people clueless, thinking that the massive, yellow and black-and-green clouds were the toxic results of a serious accident. Aware of recent, non-artistic explosions (factory in Jiangsu, gas pipes in Kaohsiung), widely publicized in the Chinese media, concerned locals started calling the police.

Cai Guo-Qiang - Elegy (Explosion Event), The Ninth Wave at Huangpu riverfront of the Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
Cai Guo-QiangElegy, chapter one of Elegy: Explosion Event for the opening of Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave, realized on the riverfront of the Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China, 5:00 p.m., August 8th, 2014, approximately 8 minutes

Cai Guo-Qiang - Elegy (Explosion Event), The Ninth Wave at Huangpu riverfront of the Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
Cai Guo-QiangElegy, chapter one of Elegy: Explosion Event for the opening of Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave, realized on the riverfront of the Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China, 5:00 p.m., August 8th, 2014, approximately 8 minutes

Cai Guo-Qiang - Elegy (Explosion Event), The Ninth Wave at Huangpu riverfront of the Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
Cai Guo-QiangElegy, chapter one of Elegy: Explosion Event for the opening of Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave, realized on the riverfront of the Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China, 5:00 p.m., August 8th, 2014, approximately 8 minutes

Cai Guo-Qiang - Elegy (Explosion Event), The Ninth Wave at Huangpu riverfront of the Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
Cai Guo-QiangElegy, chapter one of Elegy: Explosion Event for the opening of Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave, realized on the riverfront of the Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China, 5:00 p.m., August 8th, 2014, approximately 8 minutes

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Dog pees on prestigious Californian art collection

Dog pees on prestigious Californian art collection

Richard Jackson - Bad Dog, 2013 - Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) - 1
Richard JacksonBad Dog, 2013

As part of his retrospective at the Orange County Museum of Art, Richard Jackson has installed Bad Dog, a giant temporary sculpture of a black labrador “urinating” yellow paint onto the side of the museum. It was an immediate hit. Crowds flocked to see it, and it quickly gained notoriety among both the local community and the art world. Accessible, vibrant, and playful, the work has widely achieved Jackson’s main intention: to make the viewer laugh.

The piece calls into question the role of humor in art, and can be seen as a self-reflexive commentary on the state of elitism and exclusivity in the art museum world.

“Bad Dog” lasted the duration of Jackson’s exhibition “Ain’t Painting a Pain”, before it toured Europe.

About Richard Jackson

Richard Jackson (born 1939) has been a pre-eminent figure on the American art scene since the 70s and is influenced by both by abstract expressionism and action painting.

Richard Jackson - Bad Dog, 2013 - Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) - 2
Richard JacksonBad Dog, 2013

Richard Jackson - Bad Dog, 2013 - Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) - 3
Richard JacksonBad Dog, 2013

Richard Jackson - Bad Dog, 2013 - Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA)
Richard JacksonBad Dog, 2013

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Why are hundreds of shirts flying in the air?

Why are hundreds of shirts flying in the air?

Kaarina-Kaikkonen-Hanging-Clothes-Helsinki
Kaarina Kaikkonen – Helsinki, Finland

Kaarina Kaikkonen is an artist best known for creating sculptural works using recycled materials, notably second-hand clothing seen in her memorable jacket installations. The environment is incorporated into these installations in some way, resulting in a beautiful, colorful cloth landscape. Each garment individually tells a story as an extension of its past wearer, and as a group they come together to create a history and visual retelling of their space.

About Kaarina Kaikkonen

Kaarina Kaikkonen (b. 1952) began as a painter, but has become known as a sculptor who shapes the urban landscape and makes installations emphasizing the sense of community. Kaikkonen studied at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts School in 1978-1983. Kaikkonen’s first installation was on display in Helsinki in 1988. In Finland, one of her most famous works is the Way -installation, which she built on the steps of Helsinki Cathedral in 2000.

Kaarina Kaikkonen - Networking, 2009 - Piazza Calderini, Bologna, Italy
Kaarina KaikkonenNetworking, 2009 – Piazza Calderini, Bologna, Italy

Kaarina Kaikkone - Prato contemporanea - Crossing Borders - 1
Kaarina Kaikkonen – Prato contemporanea – Crossing Borders, 2014, Firenze, Italy

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Kaarina Kaikkonen – Prato contemporanea – Crossing Borders, 2014, Firenze, Italy

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Stonehenge has never been this much fun: Inflated & bouncy

Stonehenge has never been this much fun: Inflated & bouncy

Jeremy Deller - Sacrilege, in West Kowloon Cultural District Promenade, Hong Kong
Jeremy DellerSacrilege, in West Kowloon Cultural District Promenade, Hong Kong

Sacrilege is a life-sized, inflatable replica of Stonehenge, the British heritage and pagan site and popular tourist attraction. It is a bouncy castle, an interactive inflatable pillow that viewers may walk and jump on. It is an energetic, humorous work that Jeremy Deller describes as a way to get reacquainted with ancient Britain with your shoes off. It is a touring project visiting 33 sites across the UK and launched at the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art.

Jeremy Deller - Sacrilege, in Heartlands, Cornwall (UK)
Jeremy DellerSacrilege, in Heartlands, Cornwall (UK)

Jeremy Deller - Sacrilege, in Hong Kong, West Kowloon Cultural District Promenade
Jeremy DellerSacrilege, in West Kowloon Cultural District Promenade, Hong Kong

Jeremy Deller - Sacrilege, in West Kowloon Cultural District Promenade, Hong Kong
Jeremy DellerSacrilege, in West Kowloon Cultural District Promenade, Hong Kong

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Profane messages hammered into rocks in stunning scale

Profane messages hammered into rocks in stunning scale

Wim Delvoye - Sweetheart, 2003
Wim DelvoyeSweetheart, 2003

With the advancement of technology, delivering messages has never been this easy. All we do is create emails, text messages and even twitter posts, and it’s just a click away! Except for the Belgian artist who puts great effort in delivering such message, Wim Delvoye.

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Complete castle covered with photorealistic print

Complete castle covered with photorealistic print

Bettina Pousttchi - The City, 2014
Bettina Pousttchi – The City, 2014, photo installation, facade of Wolfsburg Castle, photo by Norbert Miguletz

Bettina Pousttchi is a German-Iranian artist, living and working in Berlin. She works equally in the field of media, photography, video and sculpture, often involving architecture in urban and historical contexts. Her exhibition at the Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg is a site-specific photo installation called “The City”: an artwork covering the façade of the city’s castle. This work is a reference to the history of the 20th century planned city Wolfsburg.

Working on architecture about architecture allows for an artistic practice between architecture, sculpture, and photography. It is a different way to materialize a photographic file and to bring back the digital to the physical world.

Castle of Wolfsburg
The northern wing of the castle before the renovation (photo by Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg)

Bettina Pousttchi - The City, 2014
Bettina Pousttchi – The City, 2014, photo installation, facade of Wolfsburg Castle, photo by Norbert Miguletz

Bettina Pousttchi - The City, 2014
Bettina Pousttchi – The City, 2014, photo installation, facade of Wolfsburg Castle, photo by Norbert Miguletz

Bettina Pousttchi - The City, 2014
Bettina Pousttchi – The City, 2014, photo installation, facade of Wolfsburg Castle, photo by Norbert Miguletz

Bettina Pousttchi - The City, 2014
Bettina Pousttchi – The City, 2014, photo installation, facade of Wolfsburg Castle, photo by Norbert Miguletz


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Entire museum buildings covered by jute sack

Entire museum buildings covered by jute sack

Ibrahim Mahama - Untitled (K.N.U.S.T.)
Ibrahim MahamaUntitled (K.N.U.S.T.), 2013 (Detail), Jute coal sacks, dimensions Variable

Ibrahim Mahama is an artist born and working with Ghana. His installation works using Jute sacks (reappropriated material he has purchased from markets, which were first cocoa sacks and then coal sacks) are the result of his investigation of the conditions of supply and demand in African markets. Torn, patched, stamped with PRODUCT OF GHANA, and written over with owners’ names, the bags are variously marred, marked, and transformed. These installations are displayed in Ghanaian markets as well as galleries, thus defying the artifacts’ intrinsic value system. Ibrahim uses the coal sacks as a device to explore process, material, value, and meaning. He creates an artistic vision out of a commonplace material, repurposing them and exhibiting them in the very marketplaces from which they came.

Ibrahim Mahama - Installation at Accra’s National Theatre, Central Ghana
Ibrahim Mahama – Installation at Accra’s National Theatre, Ghana

Ibrahim Mahama - Installation at Accra’s National Theatre
Ibrahim Mahama – Installation at Accra’s National Theatre, Ghana

Ibrahim Mahama - Civil Aviation, Airport. Accra, Ghana, 2014
Ibrahim MahamaCivil Aviation, Airport. Accra, Ghana, 2014

Ibrahim Mahama - Civil Occupation, 2014, Jute coal sacks, Installation view
Ibrahim MahamaCivil Occupation (installation view), 2014, Jute coal sacks

Ibrahim Mahama - Juli Baw, 2015, Coal sacks, dye sack with makins and creen print, 548 x 767 cm
Ibrahim MahamaJuli Baw, 2015, Coal sacks, dye sack with makins and creen print, 548 x 767 cm

Ibrahim Mahama - K.N.U.S.T Library. Occupation and labour. Kumasi, Ghana, 2014
Ibrahim MahamaK.N.U.S.T Library. Occupation and labour. Kumasi, Ghana, 2014

Ibrahim Mahama - Untitled
Ibrahim Mahama – Untitled, Jute coal sacks, dimensions Variable

Ibrahim Mahama - Markings and body on coal sacks
Ibrahim Mahama – Markings and body on coal sacks

Ibrahim Mahama - Nyhavn Kaplang. Installation View, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark
Ibrahim MahamaNyhavn Kaplang (installation view), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark
Photo by Anders Sune Berg

Ibrahim Mahama - Nyhavn Kaplang. Installation View, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark
Ibrahim MahamaNyhavn Kaplang (installation view), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark
Photo by Anders Sune Berg

Ibrahim Mahama - Nyhavn Kaplang. Installation View, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark
Ibrahim MahamaNyhavn Kaplang (installation view), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark
Photo by Anders Sune Berg

Ibrahim Mahama - Out of Bounds (detail), 2015, Venice Biennale
Ibrahim MahamaOut of Bounds (detail), 2015, Venice Biennale, Italy

Ibrahim Mahama - Out of Bounds (Installation view), 2015, 56th Venice Biennale
Ibrahim MahamaOut of Bounds (installation view), 2015, Venice Biennale, Italy

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