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Cai Guo-Qiang’s Big Bang at MOCA

Cai Guo-Qiang’s Big Bang at MOCA


Your parents were right about never lighting fireworks in the house. They just didn’t say anything about indoors, period. Through the expertise of Chinese pyrotechnics artist, Cai Guo-Qiang, he shows you how to do this, son. He unveiled his new exhibit, “Sky Ladder” on Saturday night, staging an explosion in front of an audience. In one take, Qiang and his crew lit the fuse and watched the mayhem go bang from the surface of a canvas. The remnants of gunpower marks left behind were mounted for people to observe and absorb in their frontal lobes. What Qiang recreated was the type of work the universe is probably responsible for. His art provokes conversation, besides gut reactions like, “Oh Snap!” Open your mind: he’s sparking off another debate of creationism vs. evolution What would Stephen Hawking think of this? Try using that in your argument against your ‘rents this 4th of July.

Cai Guo-Qiang, “Sky Ladder”
MOCA, Los Angeles
Through July 30th, 2012.