Pine Forest and Wolf

Pine Forest and Wolf


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Cai Guo-Qiang 蔡國強

(Chinese, b. 1957)

Gunpowder, fuse, burned paper backed on wood panels

Overall: 230 x 308 cm (90 9/16 x 121 1/4 in.)

Gift of Agnes Gund 2006.134



The silhouette of a wolf is visible in a forest of pine trees. During the ignition, the cardboard stencil that defined the shape of the wolf slid out of place, leaving a blurred impression of the animal. The varying shades of black and brown are achieved by covering parts of the paper with stencils or gunpowder fuses that impact the oxidization process during the explosive event. In the spirit of traditional Chinese landscape paintings, this work presents nature in harmony with wildlife undisturbed by human interference.

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