Cai Guo-Qiang

From our review of Cai Guo-Qiang’s “Move Along, Nothing to See Here” at Brown University’s Granoff Center, which closed Oct. 28:

Cai Guo-Qiang has mounted his two big crocodiles at head height, where you can peer into their snapped open jaws lined with fangs. The yellow, pasty maws give away that the brawny critters are made of cast resin. But they still feel lifelike. Even though they’re each impaled on half a dozen pointed bamboo poles, and stabbed with hundreds of rusty pocket knives, scissors, forks, and screwdrivers, it’s unnerving to stare into those jaws, especially if you’re familiar with how still live crocs can sit as they lay in ambush. Cai, a Chinese artist based in New York who was the subject of a major 2008 retrospective at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, calls the crocodiles “Move Along, Nothing to See Here.”

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Cai Guo-Qiang, “Move Along, Nothing to See Here,” Brown University’s Granoff Center, 154 Angell Street, Providence, Sept. 14 to Oct. 28, 2011.

One Response to “Cai Guo-Qiang”

  1. Tim McDonald says:

    In regard to the article on Cai Guo Qiang’s piece at the Granoff Center, the author states that the work is about terrorism. I think not. When one thinks about the source of the materials, the work becomes more about responses to feelings of fear (terrorism being the catalyst). The artist’s work is more subtle and ambiguous than the bang on head, “this is about terrorism” interpretation. Come on Phoenix. I thought you folks were smarter than that.