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Cai-Guo-Qiang Paints With Gunpowder

 - Feb 24, 2008
References: nytimes & notcot.org
Cai-Guo-Qiang the Chinese artist will display his gunpowder works of art at a unique solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. His gunpowder works carry many accolades and have recently sold for over US $9 million that is sure to add to his growing list of admirers and awards.

Cai works out of his Long Island studio and uses lines of gunpowder, numerous fuses and detonators on panels of handmade Japanese rice paper to create his gunpowder 'paintings' of unbelievable detail and content. The artworks defy any of the usual thoughts associated with the results of using gunpowder and create works of subtle beauty on a matt colour-rinsed finish.

He has been appointed as director of visual and special effects for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympic Games in August which makes these events unmissable, even if you have absolutely no interest in sport.

Watch Cai in action on the video and be warned this is not something you should be trying at home to impress the neighbours.