Falling Back to Earth
- Esther Jablotschkin
Cai Guoi-Qiang is an artist born in 1957 in Quanzhou, China. His new solo exhibition ‘Falling Back To Earth’ is currently on display in Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia. The exhibition features four major installations, including two newly commissioned works directly inspired by the landscapes of southeast Queensland, which the artist visited in 2011.
The centrepiece of the exhibition ‘Heritage’ features 99 replicas of animals from around the world, gathered together to drink from a blue lake surrounded by pristine white sand. The second installation, ‘Eucalyptus’ responds to the ancient trees of Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast hinterland, while the third ‘Head On’ is a striking installation of 99 artificial wolves leaping en masse into a glass wall and is on display in Australia for the first time. Regarding his art the global known artist explains: ‘My work is like a dialogue between unseen powers, like alchemy.’