04/8-07/30 2012, Cai Guo Qiang. First west coast solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
An out door explosion project titled Mystery Circle: Explosion Project for MOCA, Los Angeles. Three gunpowder drawings where created adjacent to a Crop Circles installation above our heads. The most monumental drawing, Childhood Spaceship, reveals Cai's childhood reveries of the universe. Chaos in Nature portrays unstoppable forces and natural disasters such as hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanoes. The third drawing, Desire for Zero Gravity, tells a compelling narrative using 16th-century Chinese official Wan Hu as the subject, who in a quest to catapult himself into outer space, perished on his homemade rocket chair. Hu is surrounded by images of all of the mechanical means by which humans have attempted to depart this earth throughout history.