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.
Shadow sculptures by Tim Noble and Sue Webster plays with light’s function of revealing. However, they serve it with a twist. Spot light seems to shine on a seemly randomly piled heap of trash, as if saying “look at these trash!” The hidden art is actually revealed in the play of light and shadow.
Is what we see really what we think?
Tim Noble and Sue Webster began collaborating during their studies at Nottingham Polytechnic and studied together at the Royal College of Art. Appropriating the guerrilla tactics adopted by media-hungry celebrities’ attempting to gain fame, Noble and Webster’s unorthodox creations comment on a consumerist society gripped by narcissism. The artist duo is renowned for their series of drawings and their neon and light sculptures which embody the simultaneously glamorous and seedy aspects of contemporary culture. Noble and Webster’s work is held in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Saatchi Collection, London.
Another project forwarded by Emu of Mesa.
The „screen“ facade is formed by a tessellated pattern made up by physical plastic bodies. A regular matrix of fluorescent lamps is superimposed onto (into) this idiosyncratic physical structure. That produces a display screen, which however is vividly distorted by the strong geometry of the individual light fixture and which is peppered by the regular perforations of the physical screen as well as by variations in the arrangements of the light fixture objects. Read more..
Light and shadow comes hand in hand. They compliment each other beautifully. They give depth to space, sharpness to details, shapes to imagination.
Concha Argüeso’s installation at A trans Pavilion, Berlin, transforms a simple gallery space into a dreamy forest on a glass screen.