CAI GUO-QIANG: UNMANNED NATURE │ The Whitworth, Manchester → 21 June 2015

“Ɖ ātist Tsî Ĝo-Čiañ wz born in Čîna n nâ livz in Ny Ywc. H z bst nôn fr hiz rmāc̣bl projcts yzñ gunpâdr, includñ ɖ fîrwrc dsplez fr ɖ ôpnñ n clozñ seṛṃniz v ɖ 2008 Bêžñ Olimpcs. Hiz insṭlešn, Unmand Nêčr (2008), ẇč includz a 45 mītr-loñ, for mītr-hî gunpâdr drōñ, z ɖ frst ātwrc t b šôn in ɖ Ẇitẉʈ’s ny landscêp gaḷri. It z olso ɖ frst tîm ɖt ɖ insṭlešn – frst cmišnd bî ɖ Hirošima Siti Myziym v Cntemprri Āt – hz bn šôn âtsd Jpan.

It z olso ɖ frst šowñ v ɖ insṭlešn enẇr in ɖ wrld âtsd ɖ Jaṗnīz siti v Hirošima – ɖ wrc wz orijinli cmišnd bî ɖ Hirošima Siti Myziym v Cntemprri Āt, n wz šôn in an xibišn ɖt māct Tsî Ĝo-Čiañ’z dezignešn az ɖ rsipı̣nt v ɖ Sevnʈ Hirošima Ātprîz. Ɖ prîz z awōdd evri ʈri yirz t an ātist hu hz md ɖ grtst contribyšn t pīs in ɖ fīld v āt.

Installation view

Ɖ prôses v mcñ gunpâdr drōñz z xtrōdnri. Aftr leyñ ât lj šīts v pêpr on ɖ flor, Tsî Ĝo-Čiañ arenjz gunpâdr, fyzs n cādbwd stenṣlz t criet fwmz on ɖ pêpr’z srfis. Ɖ sponṭneyti v ɖ rzultñ xpložn, flemz n fymz z cntrold ʈru ɖ ys v wŭdn bwdz, rocs n verı̣s uɖr mtirı̣lz, ẇč inflụns ɖ impact v ɖ xpložnz ɖt criet ɖ fîṇl wrc. Ɖ landscêp fwmz v Unmand Nêčr refṛns 14ʈ senčri Čînīz ñcnwoš pêntñz, ẇl ɖ scêl v ɖ insrclñ insṭlešn paṛlelz Mone’z trliliz.

Tsî Ĝo-Čiañ’z wrc, wɖ its rīdñz v gunpâdr nt onli az a wepn bt olso az a mīdı̣m v spiričl crı̣tiṿti n trnsf̣mešn, z vri tîmli az w cmeṃret ɖ sentīnri v ɖ Frst Wrldwor. Hiz Unmand Nêčr insṭlešn wl cnct t an xibišn at âr sisṭrōġnîzešn in ɖ siti, Mančestr Ātgaḷri. Ɖ Senṣri Wor 1914-2014 wl xplor hâ ātists hv intrpṛtd n cmynicetd ɖ impact v wor on ɖ hymn sensz, ɖ bodi, mînd n ɖ wîdr invîrnmnt ovr ɖ last senčri.”

Photograph: Michael Pollard
Photograph: Michael Pollard

GAḶRI WEBSAIT


Installation view

ĀTIST’S WEBSAIT


Lwra Cumñ, Đ OBZRVR, 22 Febrri 2015


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