Gunpowder on paper, mounted on wood as 42 panel screens
Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Arts of China Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
At 3 metres high and 50 metres long, Odyssey stretches across four walls of a room. Cai drew inspiration from the classical Chinese paintings of idealized landscapes as a central theme. Made with gunpowder in a complex technique evolved over a number of years the imaginary landscape aims to create a reflection of the artist’s unseen world, relating to nature, the ancestors and the universe.
Installation Art, Conceptual Art, Earth Art, Performance Art, Postmodernism
Born: 8 December 1957, Quanzhou, Fujian, China
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