Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Head On by Cai Guo-Qiang

This work by Cai Guo-Qiang just wonderfully captures the feeling of motion. It can be viewed in several different ways. For instance, one could see it as a few images repeated to create the idea of motion, a technique we discussed in class. On the other hand, all of these animals (which I think are wolves) are positioned in such a way that it seems as if all of them were running into this wall and time just froze, as if a truly 3D picture was taken. Though I didn't quite get the apparent intention of the work (which the Guggenheim website claims was to conjure the now-destroyed Berlin Wall), I do enjoy it for its aesthetic qualities and the thought that goes into interpreting it.

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