Head On by Cai Guo-Qiang

Head on
2006
Installation Art
Installation of replicas of wolves (gauze, resin and hide) of variable dimensions
Deutsche Bank Collection

An installation, Head On comprises of 99 replica wolfs in motion, running as a pack into a glass wall. In life-size, the wolves possess vitality and sense of movement as in real life. The placement of the wolves presents a continuous circle of running, leaping into a disastrous obstacle, getting back up to circle around and starting back over. Cai uses the wolf, a common mythological symbol associated with fearlessness, to depict collective behaviour both tragic and brave.

Cai Guo-Qiang
Installation Art, Conceptual Art, Earth Art, Performance Art, Postmodernism
Born: 8 December 1957, Quanzhou, Fujian, China
Nationality: Chinese

Cai is an artist; born in China he currently lives and works in New York City and New Jersey. Cai forged his way into international art stardom as one of the first Chinese artists to expose contemporary dialogues in Chinese art to the world. With the ground-breaking mediums of gunpowder and fireworks and spectacle into the art-marking process, his work is well-known for its ability to leverage fear and tension toward a common consideration of the beauty in destruction. His unique artistic language, in which art becomes a reckless action, has given him the role as one of our most innovative modern artists

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