CAI GUO-QIANG AT GOMA
The Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane had the launch of Cai Guo-Qiang exhibition titled Falling Back to Earth Friday.
In the first gallery is Heritage 99 life-sized replicas of various animals, water, sand which is spectacular. The sand component was inspired from the artist’s travels to islands of Brisbane’s Moreton Bay. I actually put my glass down and queued up with the rest of the punters to have a look, something I very rarely do on opening night and it was well worth it. Eucalyptus features an enormous tree extending along GOMA’s central Long Gallery, inspired by the ancient trees of Lamington National Park in South East Queensland. Insiders informed me they had to remove the windows and walls to get it in and have made a doco of the install. One of Cai’s signature works, Head On 99 life-size wolf sculptures leaping en masse into the air and colliding with a glass wall – appearing in Australia for the first time.Anyway a great night and a show well worth experiencing.
Photos and text by Mick Richards