I may not know art, but I like what I see

typed for your pleasure on 9 May 2007, at 5.32 pm

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By my own admission, I’m not altogether keen on most modern (i.e., anything after the mid-Nineties) art, but this is a notable exception by Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang that I spotted on the Random board of WAKAchan:


AWHUMPA thumpa thump thud arf etc

The wolves were produced in Quanzhou, China, from January to June of 2006. The commissioned local workshop in Cai’s hometown specializes in manufacturing remarkable, life-sized replicas of animals. First, small clay models were created as movement studies, out of which Cai subsequently developed Head On’s artist editions of cast resin wolves. However, the realistic and lifelike 99 wolves that grew out of these models and drawings possess no literal remnants of wolves: they are fabricated from painted sheepskins and stuffed with hay and metal wires, with plastic lending contour to their faces and marbles for eyes.
taken from this article

Seems that when he’s not having RealWolves colliding with glass panes, he works a lot with pyrotechnics or gunpowder, as evidenced on his site on Artsy.net. These are concepts I can get behind!

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4 have spoken to “I may not know art, but I like what I see”

  1. SafeTinspector writes:

    Its like some bizarre magic attack, “Fountain of Wolves” or some such.
    A lupine hodoken, to be sure!
    I can imagine a caster gesturing at their adversary, “EAT WOLVES, BITCH!” *thap-thap-THAP-THAPP!!*

  2. Camilla writes:

    incredible.

  3. Davecat writes:

    It somewhat recalls an anecdote that a mate told me: in the tri-county area of southeast Michigan, we have a college called Center for Creative Studies, or CCS. It’s your typical art school — the students include all sorts of designers, musicians, artists, etc. This particular friend had mentioned that he’d visited CCS one day, and was taken aback by the 1/1 scale car models attached upside-down on the ceilings of various hallways. Apparently, they were styrofoam cars that had actual body panels attached to them. Pretty fab…

    Could you imagine a cut-down version of Cai’s ‘Head on’ for, say, your livingroom? You could have them emerging from a prop fridge or something.

  4. SafeTinspector writes:

    A refridgerator spewing a torrent of wolves! I love it!
    Why not a damp dish-rag?

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