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   Undertoad  Tuesday Sep 5 10:26 AM

September 5, 2006: 99 wolves crash into glass



From the "cool art" dep't:

It's 99 life-sized wolves, made over a period of six months out of sheepskin, straw, and other such materials. They crash into a thick pane of glass and tumble in confusion onto the floor. The lead animals are the ones crashing, but clearly the pack is headed for the smackdown as well.



It's called "Head On", one part of a three-part installation by Chinese contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang, made as a commissioned piece for the Deutsche Bank Collection in Berlin.





From the press release:

Quote:
The title work Head On lends its name to the exhibition and takes over most of the exhibition gallery in its physical volume. The installation consists of a pack of 99 life-sized wolves barreling in a continuous stream towards—and into—a constructed glass wall. Other works in the exhibition include the aforementioned 9 x 4 meter gunpowder drawing showing hundreds of wolves whose bodies form a giant vortex and the two-channel video work Illusion II.

The wolves were produced in Quanzhou, China, from January to June of 2006. The commissioned local workshop in Cai’s hometown specializes in manufacturing remarkable, life-sized replicas of animals. First, small clay models were created as movement studies, out of which Cai subsequently developed Head On’s artist editions of cast resin wolves. However, the realistic and lifelike 99 wolves that grew out of these models and drawings possess no literal remnants of wolves: they are fabricated from painted sheepskins and stuffed with hay and metal wires, with plastic lending contour to their faces and marbles for eyes.



Ibby  Tuesday Sep 5 10:40 AM

Only a chinese artist...

Cool idea, though, I guess..



The 42  Tuesday Sep 5 11:11 AM

Woah! That's incredibly realistic. Why the hell did they need 99 wolves though... they could have done just as well with thirty or forty.



Spexxvet  Tuesday Sep 5 11:23 AM

One for each bottle of beer on the wall.



The 42  Tuesday Sep 5 11:37 AM

Oh so do we keep cutting them down and eating them?



GreenYoda  Tuesday Sep 5 11:44 AM

"99 life-sized wolves, made over a period of six months out of sheepskin..."

Wolves in sheep's clothing?



Spexxvet  Tuesday Sep 5 11:46 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by The 42
Oh so do we keep cutting them down and eating them?
One at a time, one at a time...


The 42  Tuesday Sep 5 11:50 AM

Quote:
Wolves in sheep's clothing?
No, it's sheep that got plastic surgery to look like wolves!


Sundae  Tuesday Sep 5 12:47 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by The 42
Woah! That's incredibly realistic. Why the hell did they need 99 wolves though... they could have done just as well with thirty or forty.
It's so you get "99 Red Balloons" in your head for the rest of the day:

99 life sized wolves
floating in the summer sky
etc
Quote:
Originally Posted by GreenYoda
Wolves in sheep's clothing?



glatt  Tuesday Sep 5 01:25 PM

I like this display a lot. I don't really understnad what it's supposed to mean, but I like it still. I really like it that the wolves are made from sheep. I don't know if the artist meant it to be funny, but it is.



Spexxvet  Tuesday Sep 5 01:39 PM

Reminds me of a Cabella's store!



Griff  Tuesday Sep 5 01:50 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt
I like this display a lot. I don't really understnad what it's supposed to mean, but I like it still. I really like it that the wolves are made from sheep. I don't know if the artist meant it to be funny, but it is.
I hope it doesn't mean anything. Its just cool!


sproglet  Tuesday Sep 5 03:00 PM

Very dramatic, lots of movement and energy.

Could it be a metaphor for the anticipated influx of Eastern Europeans into Western Europe with the glass representing the economic divide?

I'm sure the Berlin wall was an influence, what with it's location and all.



Trilby  Tuesday Sep 5 05:41 PM

Hate it.



Griff  Tuesday Sep 5 05:48 PM

Red headed stranger visiting today?



Happy Monkey  Tuesday Sep 5 06:03 PM

Someone should put an adorable stuffed kitty on the other side of the glass.

Or a little pig dressed as a construction worker. "The fourth little pig built his house out of wolf-proof glass. He's safe as long as he doesn't throw stones."



milkfish  Tuesday Sep 5 08:44 PM

This piece of art may well be better than the lass with the ex-pig, you know.



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Sep 5 09:51 PM

They sure went to a lot of trouble to make them look like 99 different wolves. I like it.



Trilby  Wednesday Sep 6 03:24 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Griff
Red headed stranger visiting today?
Is this some kind of reference to being on the rag? If it is, it's a new one for me. I've heard riding the cotton pony, Aunt Flo visiting...but never that one.

That said, I just don't like violence in my visual art. Esp. animal violence. The piece makes the wolves look stupid. I'm allowed to not like it without speculation as to my mood or cycle, aren't I?


breakingnews  Wednesday Sep 6 03:28 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt
I like this display a lot. I don't really understnad what it's supposed to mean, but I like it still. I really like it that the wolves are made from sheep. I don't know if the artist meant it to be funny, but it is.
whatever you've got, pass it on over!!


Tin Man  Wednesday Sep 6 05:33 AM

Oh. My. God! Disturbing but funny. Metaphor for the human race?

And bugger! Sundaegirl was right. I just caught myself whistling '99 Red Balloons'. Damn the Chinese, so that's their master plan for world domination, not communism but communal whistling of dodgy German tunes! Inscrutable bastards!



Griff  Wednesday Sep 6 07:18 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brianna
I'm allowed to not like it without speculation as to my mood or cycle, aren't I?
Sure and I can make a poorly received joke can't I?


warch  Wednesday Sep 6 02:18 PM

Quote:
“My work is sometimes like the poppy flower. It has this almost romantic side, but yet it also represents a poison,” says Cai Guo-Qiang, who harnesses the explosive power of gunpowder to create epic works that are born in violent on-site acts of performance. For his show "Inopportune" at MASS MoCA, Cai explores catastrophe, pain and the meaning of terrorism in the world since September 11th with an installation of tumbling cars that follow a path through the air. In neighboring galleries, a video imagines a car bomb in Times Square and a series of stuffed tigers pierced by arrows elicits a disturbing, visceral reaction. “Behind all this is a very earnest and frank look at our society today,” says Cai.
From the arts 21 site http://www.pbs.org/art21/series/seasonthree/power.html, last season's episode about artists and working with themes of power.

Art, if it's any good, means more than one thing. And the meanings constantly change over time and are dependent on the persons making the meaning. The artist's intention is just one of a great many possibilites, not the one right reading. Some interpretations maybe more interesting than others, thats what the conversation is about. Cool work. It reminds me of predators, herds, migration, contellations, epic war, grimms tales, warnings, road kill, extinction, natural history diaramas. The fact that in real life it would totally surround you and overwhelm you, add a cool element of intimidation.

But let's ask Uggg.


Trilby  Wednesday Sep 6 03:31 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Griff
Sure and I can make a poorly received joke can't I?
Yes, of course. Sorry.


Griff  Wednesday Sep 6 03:51 PM

Cool.



Clodfobble  Wednesday Sep 6 05:58 PM

I can't really explain why, but I really like it. And as a general rule, I don't like installation art. In fact, I can only think of one other "art" IOTD that I've ever liked: the curtain of rainbow-colored hanging balls a couple of weeks ago.

I like the idea of an airborne flow of animals. And the ones running into the glass just make me laugh every time I think about it--like they're not hurt, just humiliated. Embarassed wolves are funny.



Happy Monkey  Wednesday Sep 6 06:27 PM

Ever read Neil Gaiman's "The Wolves in the Walls"?



Clodfobble  Wednesday Sep 6 07:11 PM

Yep. The kids love it. "The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish" is good too, but they prefer the wolves.



DanaC  Wednesday Sep 6 07:15 PM

Quote:
Is this some kind of reference to being on the rag? If it is, it's a new one for me. I've heard riding the cotton pony, Aunt Flo visiting...but never that one.
My favourite one is 'fallen to the communists'. P


Griff  Wednesday Sep 6 08:40 PM

Ha ha cute. I'll try that on Pete in oh... 19 days or so.



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Sep 6 09:16 PM

I would suggest you keep your mouth shut and make yourself scarce, in 19 days or so.



YellowBolt  Wednesday Sep 6 09:50 PM

This art display is obviously a warning to those who are thinking about building a wolf cannon to take over the world.



Griff  Thursday Sep 7 07:13 AM




staceyv  Thursday Sep 7 07:15 AM

This is sick and twisted.



Sundae  Thursday Sep 7 07:58 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Happy Monkey
Ever read Neil Gaiman's "The Wolves in the Walls"?
Yes! I bought three copies in the end - one for me, one for my nephew for Christmas and one for the charity book scheme our bookshop runs.

Keeping Mr Gaiman in the gothic splendour he has become accustomed to.....


Ibby  Thursday Sep 7 08:56 AM

Gaiman is teh pwnage. American Gods, Good Omens...



Sundae  Thursday Sep 7 09:00 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ibram
Gaiman is teh pwnage. American Gods, Good Omens...
.... The Sandman, Coraline...


Happy Monkey  Thursday Sep 7 02:05 PM

I'm hopeful that the Coraline and Stardust movies will be good.



ferret88  Friday Sep 8 03:51 PM

Quote:

Wolves in sheep's clothing?
Wolves OF sheep's clothing.


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