Explosives and magic seem to be synonymous in most movies these days. But while most of the Blockbuster tricks are created with special effects, the two actually goes hand in hand when it comes to the work of Chinese-born, NYC-based artist and Visionaire contributor Cai Guo-Qiang: known for his large-scale installations of taxidermy, repurposed cars and ships (and even living turtles, which he presented in Aspen this week to much controversy), one of the 56-year-old’s fortes is creating “paintings” by igniting gunpowder spread out on various materials such as butchers paper and canvas. The finished works are otherworldly, but it’s the process that has become a huge attraction. In July, another piece was created for his solo exhibition, which premieres today (August 8th), at the Power Station of Art in Shanghai.
Discover here the process behind creating the six especially commissioned pieces. It’s MAGIC!