Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Dying never felt so cool

Cai Guo-Qiang

"I want to believe"


Walking into the Guggenheim for the first time, I couldn't get over the fact that I had 7 compact Chevrolet sedans suspended over my head. I questioned safety for about a half a second, then was overcome by what a sight this truly was. Cai Guo-Qiang surely sees death and beauty through violence. In my personal opinion, I find it incredibly intriguing that people can be attracted to this idea because of the impact of reality actually becoming real. People like destruction. As long as it has nothing to do with them. Its the act of overpowering, taking pleasure in knowing that one has the power in totally annihilating something. It's fun. Try it. People are intrigued by death because death is unknown. And obviously people can be revolted by the idea of destruction because death is death and there isn't much you can do about it. Your dead, get over it. Its the idea of not being able to have the power to control your life. The beauty in destruction is the idea of creation.

His piece about the berlin wall was a rather interesting one. He used wolves. Lots of em'. They were running in pack and eventually lifting off the ground higher and higher until eventually they hit a clear wall and fell into a pile. Great meaning and representation of invisible freedom.

I also liked Guo-Qiang's ability to spend loads of money on art. Part of me could only see dollar bills suspended in air. I felt like his art wasn't what I was looking at, but rather his work in getting the money to pollute the Guggenheim with Disneyland for artists. Thats cool, if your into that. I mean, don't get me wrong, it was entertaining. Just like a mainstream movie. And most of his work had some pretty cool in depth meaning behind it. It's just, thats all it was. A bunch of big things for people to oogle and boogle about. Wow. Amazing. Maybe thats too much of an elitist standpoint. Like designing your own clothes verses buying them at old navy. I'm more of a walrus than an elitist. I also ride a fixed gear.

1 comment:

Kira said...

FYI : the cars were chevrolets, not toyotas

Kira ;)