‘The Ninth Wave’ by Cai Guo-Qiang
In his current show at Power Station of Art, titled ‘The Ninth Wave,’ Cai Guo-Qiang takes a visually powerful stand on the environmental condition. Apparently the immediate impetus behind the show was the news of 16,000 dead pigs floating down a river in Shanghai last year. We previously featured the signature piece of the show (previous), which is a full-size, barnacle-encrusted fishing boat completely covered in Styrofoam stuffed animals that appear sick and close to death. At the time, the piece was on a barge headed to the museum. Now, it is indoors, well lit, and even more striking. Rounding out the show is pungent smelling artificial lake filled with ink titled ‘Silent Ink,’ a long line of wolves that are leaping headlong into a pane of clear glass titled ‘Head On,’ and large mural using his signature gunpowder drawing technique. Apparently the show has been wildly successful to this point and from these pictures, I can easily tell why.