The latest show at MOCA. Cai Guo-Qiang is a Chinese artist currently living and working in New York. Do you remember the 2008 Beijing Olympic? He was the visual director for the opening and closing ceremonies… That puts the grandness of his work and these pieces at MOCA into context, doesn’t it? Cai Guo-Qiang made these large-scale drawings at MOCA from exploding gunpowder on canvases. In the past few months, MOCA has invited the public to view these site specific pieces being made first hand… a spectacular event, to say the least.

Cai Guo-Qiang at MOCA

Cai Guo-Qiang at MOCA

Cai Guo-Qiang at MOCA

Cai Guo-Qiang at MOCA

Cai Guo-Qiang at MOCA

Cai Guo-Qiang at MOCA

Cai Guo-Qiang at MOCA

Cai Guo-Qiang at MOCA

This is awesome detail of the gunpowder residue.

Cai Guo-Qiang at MOCA

Cai Guo-Qiang at MOCA

Cai Guo-Qiang at MOCA

Cai Guo-Qiang at MOCA

This is his first exhibition on the west coast and the night of the opening, he exploded a piece on the outside walls of MOCA. It was insane, the explosion was so loud and big, most everyone in the crowd actually ducked and screamed. Our friend Lana Kim was the video producer for the event, the video and a shot of the aftermath is below.

All the info for Cai Guo-Qiang’s Sky Ladder at Moca.org.

Cai Guo-Qiang at MOCA

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