In the spirit of Chinese New Year celebration, this week’s Work of Light presents the Fire_work of Chinese artist, Cai Guo-Qiang 蔡國強.
Cai Guo-Qiang was born in 1957 in Quanzhou City, Fujian, China. He was trained in stage design at the Shanghai Theater Academy from 1981 to 1985. Cai’s work is scholarly and often politically charged. Cai initially began working with gunpowder to foster spontaneity and confront the suppressive, controlled artistic tradition and social climate in China. While living in Japan from 1986 to 1995, Cai explored the properties of gunpowder in his drawings, an inquiry that eventually led to his experimentation with explosives on a massive scale and the development of his signature “explosion events,” artistically choreographed shows incorporating fireworks and other pyrotechnics.
This is Cai Guo-Qiang’s recent dance collaboration with Taiwanese dance group, Cloud Gate dance company. The piece is called Wind Shadow.