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Showing posts with label Cai Guo-Qiang. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cai Guo-Qiang. Show all posts

Thursday, March 06, 2008

told you!

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from anaba 7/17/2005 -

Cai Guo-Qiang: Inopportune - Cai Guo-Qiang has filled Mass Moca's great hall with nine Ford Taurus' flying through the space. There is something coming out of them that looks like fireworks. It's pretty and interesting when you first walk in but by the time I got to the end of the big hall the thrill had left. Another dead boring room is filled with what looks like stuffed tigers (actually paper mache) shot up with arrows. The strongest part of this show is seeing the car that was used in the making of a firework-exploding car video. He filled a car up with heavy duty fireworks - took out the seats, removed all the windows, cut a hole in the roof - and set them all off to make a video. The car is on display here and calls to mind terrorism and car bombings.

from anaba 9/18/2005 -

Cai Guo-Qiang, ugh. I saw that show at Mass Moca and it was so boring. Dead. Lifeless. No energy, no motion, really nothing. I'd cut him some slack and say it is a very tough space to work in but he did the exact same thing with fake tigers in a smaller room. The cars are a one-liner, the dry sawdust tigers are a one-liner, both the same line. The only good part is the one bombed out car. Libby saw the show and liked it. JL liked it. Charles Giuliano really didn't like it at all. Adrian Searle is talking here about a different show, not liking what he sees either. I really liked the tiny ink-on-matchbox landscape paintings done by Guo-Qiang's father and featured on the show last night, those were very nice.

from anaba 3/7/2007 -

Installed in the same room at Mass MoCA, less than two years apart, Cai Guo-Qiang's tired tiger installation VS. Huang Yong Ping's tired tiger installation!

RELATED: Tom Moody, Catherine Spaeth, Roberta Smith for The New York Times, Peter Schjeldahl for The New Yorker, Howard Halle for Time Out New York.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Cai Guo-Qiang's Mass Moca tiger installation VS. Huang Yong Ping's Mass Moca tiger installation


Cai Guo-Qiang... 2005

VS.

Huang Yong Ping
Huang Yong Ping... 2007

Oh man.. I saw Huang Yong Ping's not very engaging retrospective at Mass Moca... the worst (or maybe best) part was entering this room while ACTUALLY saying "this is the room where that last guy had those tired tigers"... and seeing ANOTHER tired tiger installation!

What?! Wow, they are keeping those Chinese tiger fabricators busy over there! Is there a tired tiger installation in the corner of every studio in China? I'm totally confused by the decison to put this new tiger in the exact same room as the last ones, I mean, this is a BIG museum, with both artist's individual exhibitions filling several galleries.

SORRY! We have NO WINNER in this contest... they are both DEAD BORING TIRED.

RELATED: Eric Fischl's Arthur Ashe Statue VS. Paul DiPasquale's Arthur Ashe Statue

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Art:21


my bad, originally uploaded by Bromirski.

Who watched Art:21 last night? Laylah Ali was such an anal and obsessive freak, wow. What an interesting nut. Her work ethic was inspiring.

Cai Guo-Qiang, ugh. I saw that show at Mass Moca and it was so boring. Dead. Lifeless. No energy, no motion, really nothing. I'd cut him some slack and say it is a very tough space to work in but he did the exact same thing with fake tigers in a smaller room. The cars are a one-liner, the dry sawdust tigers are a one-liner, both the same line. The only good part is the one bombed out car. Libby saw the show and liked it. JL liked it. Charles Giuliano really didn't like it at all. Adrian Searle is talking here about a different show, not liking what he sees either. I really liked the tiny ink-on-matchbox landscape paintings done by Guo-Qiang's father and featured on the show last night, those were very nice.

Krzysztof Wodiczko was excellent. Ida Applebroog's work is interesting, and she's inspiring, continuing to change and try new things.

I'm wicked confused, this is Arturo Herrera? Didn't he have much more hair in 1999? Either that or somebody I met with at the Drawing Center that year was pretending to be him. These Art:21 photos aren't how I remember him at all.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Mass Moca

Friday I talked about Ann-Sofi Siden, the highlight of my Mass Moca visit. There are actually six different exhibitions up now at Mass Moca - it's a big place. Below are some thoughts on the four exhibits I spent time with.

Becoming Animal: Contemporary Art in the Animal Kingdom - Ann-Sofi Siden is only one of the thirteen artists included in this show. My other two favorite works were by Mark Dion and Motohiko Odani.

Dion's piece is a very large circular birdcage at the center of which stands an old leafless tree. All the limbs of the tree have been converted to bookshelves loaded with nature books and there are old framed photos of naturalists all over the trunk with books all round the base of the tree like Christmas presents. He's got more limbs hanging down like swingsets also loaded with books. Sawdust covers the floor of the whole thing. The best part is that the cage is filled with flying finches and you can walk in and stand there or sit on the bench provided. The finches flew all around and played. Dion had feeders all over. Lots of nice props to enjoy the birds.

Motohiko Odani had a strange beautiful sickly alluring video of a girl sitting in a tree singing a haunting cute la-la-la melody surrounded by all sorts of computer-generated nature freak activity. Ear-winged frogs hopping together in perfect circles, infinity flies, honey gloop driping from an orifice in the tree, lots of worms. The girl has yellow eyes, froggy fingers and toes, and a really sexy mouth and tongue but she looks both a little too young and a little too animal for the attraction not to feel dangerous. This short video can easily be watched several times and hearing the la-la-la song in the background while looking at someone else's piece is like a siren's song tempting you back to that more interesting mutant world.

Creature Discomfort - This is a nice collection of old works on paper from the Clark of monsters and mythical creatures - centaurs, Durer monster pigs, Breughel. One piece by Max Klinger of a fairy in a tree teasing a bear made me think of Fairy Butler and Sloth. The bear is a sloth bear (I used to work at a zoo). Nice companion show to Becoming Animal.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Inopportune - Cai Guo-Qiang has filled Mass Moca's great hall with nine Ford Taurus' flying through the space. There is something coming out of them that looks like fireworks. It's pretty and interesting when you first walk in but by the time I got to the end of the big hall the thrill had left. Another dead boring room is filled with what looks like stuffed tigers (actually paper mache) shot up with arrows. The strongest part of this show is seeing the car that was used in the making of a firework-exploding car video. He filled a car up with heavy duty fireworks - took out the seats, removed all the windows, cut a hole in the roof - and set them all off to make a video. The car is on display here and calls to mind terrorism and car bombings.

Life After Death: New Leipzig Paintings from the Rubell Family Collection - This was generally boring. The only piece I came to fully appreciate was one of David Schnell's pieces, Park, and I didn't like his other three at all. Park was his smallest - red twisty path, blue sky, washy conifers, brown in the sky. It didn't have any of that acid rust orange or the planks of his other three and seemed nicely unfinished. Corny had it right about the others - Dullsville.

I tried hard to get more into the Neo Rauch but just couldn't care too much. I did enjoy all the small hands and some of the relationships but it was too much the same all over, too flat, too claustrophobic, too drab; no place for me. These were not his newest which I understand to be better.

RELATED:

David Brickman on Becoming Animal.

Modern Kicks on his/her Mass Moca visit.