Tuesday, July 27, 2010

head on

i am not sure if it’s because of my phobia of animals, but walking around these wolves at near distance gave me goosebumps even though they are not real. Nevertheless, the message behind this installation was strong and well presented, definitely a piece that will be remembered for quite a while.

Head On, 2006,
by Cai Guo-Qiang
Ninety-nine life-sizes replicas of wolves and glass wall
(Wolves: gauze, resin and painted hide)
National Museum
2 July to 31 August 2010

... The ninety-nine life-sizes wolves are leaping en masse towards an unseen wall, with those at the front falling after striking the wall while those from the rear continuing to surge forward, undeterred. Seen from afar, the leaping wolf pack forms an arc full of force and power. Their fierce courage and spirit of warrior camaraderie serve as a reminder to people: humanity is easily blinded by a kind of collective mentality and action, and is destined to repeat their mistakes to an almost unbelievable degree. The crux of this installation lies just before the glass wall, as the artist reminds people: invisible walls are the hardest to dismantle.”

1 comment:

Jo said...

this is also the guy behind the peasants 农民 exhibition we went to in shanghai. i think these wolves look scary too but the display is cool and creates an impact. ;)