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Touch the Sky with Cai Guo-Qiang

Catch Cai Guo-Qiang's solo exhibition "Sky Ladder" at the MOCA, where explosive art installations will set the sky alight with his gunpowder-based masterpieces. If you want a piece of art that lasts longer, there's the new Diana F+ Cai Guo-Qiang limited edition camera too!

The Chinese artist has always been into the cosmic, incorporating both temporal and spatial dynamics into his work. Cai believes his art passes through the “time-space tunnel through which the visible world communicates with the energy from the unseen world.”

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, California will be exhibiting “Cai Guo-Qiang: Sky Ladder”, the first West Coast solo gallery of the New York-based artist.

Known for his gunpowder drawings, installations, and explosion events, Cai’s Sky Ladder will be on view at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA from April 8–July 30, 2012, and will feature new museum commissioned work, including three gunpowder drawings and a public outdoor explosion event created onsite.

MOCA describes the spectacular setting for “Mystery Circle: Explosion Event for The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles” which will take place on April 7:

Computer rendering of “Mystery Circle: Explosion Event for The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.” Photo via artinfo

“The exhibition will open with a public outdoor explosion event, Mystery Circle: Explosion Event for The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, on the exterior wall of The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (facing Temple Street) at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 7.

Mystery Circle, a site-specific work created for MOCA, will contain three stages of special pyrotechnics. At dusk, a myriad of flying saucer girandolas will rise from the rooftop. At the moment of ignition, countless mini rockets forming a string of crop circles will launch toward the audience before falling onto the ground in a matter of seconds.

Subsequently, an imaginary alien-god figure on the left side of the wall will be outlined from bottom to top by gunpowder fuse. When the burned fuses reach the “halo” of the figure, mini rockets will shoot upward to the air. The rockets will leave a burned imprint on the museum wall, creating an outdoor drawing.

While Cai’s signature explosion events Project for Extraterrestrials have been dedicated to the creatures from outer space, his new project at MOCA will be the first time an imaginary alien figure actually appears."

We can already imagine the magnificent magnitude of this event which will surely set the sky on fire! Anyone who’s lucky enough to witness the explosion should document it and what better camera to use than the limited edition Diana F+ Cai Guo-Qiang camera?

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Cai Guo-Qiang: Sky Ladder will be on display at MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary from April 8 – July 30th, 2012.

written by denisesanjose

3 comments

  1. jeffr

    jeffr

    sick.. wish i was on the west coast for this

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  2. mafiosa

    mafiosa

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    bemdaponte

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