Gunpowder Art by Cai Guo Qiang

New York-based Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang uses gunpowder as arts material to protest against controlled arts in China.

Cai Guo Qiang first solo exhibition at industrial city of Donetsk, Ukraine, titled 1040M Underground, is inspired by his experience of the coal and salt mines of Ukraine's industrial Donbas region where he took the same route the coal miners take every day: 1,040 meters below ground level and trekked over 1,000 meters deep into the long tunnels of the mine.

These portraits were created by nine local Socialist Realist painters.

The volunteers help carve the 27 mine workers portraits into stencils and Cai will spread different grades and grains of gunpowder onto the canvases.

After layering cardboard over sheet and stencil to control the explosion, Cai took the drawings and ignited in front of a live audience at the Izolyatsia center before he mounted them on frames.

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Source: e-flux


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