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March 3, 2008

{     Cai Guo-Qiang "I Want to Believe" at The Guggenheim Museum New York     }    


Cai Guo-Qiang (pronounced Sigh-Goo-Oh-Zh-Ang) has had smaller shows in the US at Mass Moca and pieces at The Whitney Biennial but never has he had the chance to really stretch out like he does here at the Guggenheim.

From his early work to newer large scale installations, to works on paper made from gunpowder explosions, it's all there with ample text panels and video to lend insight. What amazes me most is Cai's ability to hold a conversation with every aspect of China's millenia old culture without coming off as a dry revivalist historian.

If you are an art viewer who is overwhelmed by large scale spectacle then this show will be a fire cracker hurled straight at your face.

     » Guggenheim Museum


I was just looking for high-res pics of this yesterday! You know I saw his show at Mass MOCA, right? Stunning. And funny you should use the word firecracker - ha!

Posted by: Garrett at March 3, 2008 5:47 PM

Sometimes, whey you are on a drug like LSD, if someone throws a firecracker at your face, you will think that you have just been shot.
Then it will take Kenton and I 3 hours to explain to you that you're not actually dead, and the reason it seems like you're in heaven is because we're in a laundry room full of fluorescent lights, and that because of the LSD and the fact that your pupils are dilated to the size of silver dollars, you're especially sensitive to light fluctuations, to the point that you are capable of "seeing" the pulsing strobe-flicker of fluorescent bulbs that normally occurs too rapidly for the human eye to detect.
Then Marc will show up after looking for us for the 3 hours we've been cloistered in the laundry room and he will do tricks with his yo-yo, which will make us all laugh. Then he will Coyote us all home in the Whimsical Machine and be pissed off at me for a week because he thinks I'm a drug-addled fuck-up.

Posted by: Adam at March 4, 2008 9:40 PM

Memories, like firecrackers in my face.

Posted by: jesse at March 5, 2008 1:31 AM

"Trauma..., is what it is because,... it disallows narrative closure, or allows so constrictive a closure that narrative seems impossible- disallows narrative in and of itself, as conscious experience- refuses, for what seems like all time, integration of meta-experience to such an extent that invisibility or loss of the individual self- or perhaps what Bessel van der Kolk and Onno van der Hart have called "speechless terror"- must be the proper aesthetic of damage. In such cases, according to van der Kolk,

'Experience cannot be organized on a linguistic level, and this failure to arrange memory in words and symbols leaves it to be organized on a somatosensory or iconic level:as somatic sensations, behavioral reenactments, nightmares, and flashbacks.'"

-Eric Rosenberg.

Posted by: Aaron at March 6, 2008 12:56 AM
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