Cai Guo-Qiang’s first solo exhibition, titled “Falling Back to Earth”, is being held in Brisbane, Australia from November 2013 to May 2014 at the Gallery of Modern Art.
Cai Guo-Qiang, a New York-based, Chinese-born artist uses large-scale installation inspired by Southeast Queensland in Australia to convey his messages.
How can I miss it! So I visited the Gallery :)
His exhibition consisted of 3 installations: Heritage, Eucalyptus, and Head On.
Heritage showcases 99 life-like animals drinking water together from a lake surrounded by white sand, representing the last piece of pure and heavenly terrain on Earth.
A single drop of water continuously dripped from above creates a rippled halo and an intentional break of serenity of the lake.
Eucalyptus, a single tree trunk and branches with stumps scattered on the floor alongisde the Gallery’s Long Hall where it is placed, are for people to ponder the past and future, the stories and history of the tree, while gazing at the majestic yet intricate roots and structure.
These pieces are inspired by Cai Guo-Qiang’s 10-day trip to Southeast Queensland where he visited Lamington National Park, Stradbroke Island, Port Douglas, Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge and the Great Barrier Reef.
Queensland, and Australia, is really full of natural beauty.
Head On represents those who follow blindly what others do or what one believes without giving it deep thought. The replica of 99 wolves, made of gauze, resin and painted hide, are shown running towards and smashing into a glass wall, where they fall, get up, limp and get back to the start to join the queue to do the same thing again. It symbolises the act of making the same mistake again and again, whether misguided or intentional, influenced by group, social or cultural values.
I really enjoyed the exhibition, and I think his work is marvellous! I stood there for ages, observing, thinking and reflecting.