SEGMENT: Cai Guo-Qiang in "Power"

Now Playing: SEGMENT: Cai Guo-Qiang in "Power"

About this video

“My work is sometimes like the poppy flower. It has this almost romantic side, but yet it also represents a poison,” says Cai Guo-Qiang, who harnesses the explosive power of gunpowder to create epic works that are born in violent on-site acts of performance. For his show "Inopportune" at MASS MoCA, Cai explores catastrophe, pain and the meaning of terrorism in the world since September 11th with an installation of tumbling cars that follow a path through the air. In neighboring galleries, a video imagines a car bomb in Times Square and a series of stuffed tigers pierced by arrows elicits a disturbing, visceral reaction. “Behind all this is a very earnest and frank look at our society today,” says Cai.

Featured in this video

Additional Videos

Season Episode number Episode namesort icon Artists Duration Release date
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 3 (2005) 4 Play Jessica Stockholder 0:00 10/07/2005
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 3 (2005) 4 Play Ellen Gallagher 0:00 10/07/2005
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 3 (2005) 4 Play Arturo Herrera 0:00 10/07/2005
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 3 (2005) 4 Play Oliver Herring 0:00 10/07/2005
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 3 (2005) 4 Play Hubbard/Birchler 0:00 10/07/2005
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 3 (2005) 1 Power
Cai Guo-Qiang, Hubbard/Birchler, Ida Applebroog, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Laylah Ali
0:00 09/16/2005
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 3 (2005) 1 Power 0:00 09/16/2005
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 3 (2005) 1 Power Cai Guo-Qiang 0:00 09/16/2005
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 3 (2005) 1 Power Laylah Ali 0:00 09/16/2005
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 3 (2005) 1 Power Krzysztof Wodiczko 0:00 09/16/2005