Headlong

willed toward an unseen barrier
the wolves come headlong

they come, they fall, they come again, they fall
they come again, they come again
they come again

gallery art
school children
draw
the silent yelping
of wolves

.

Cai Guo-Qiang / Detail of "Head On" 2006
Cai Guo-Qiang / Detail of “Head On” 2006

Cai Guo-Qiang / Detail of installation view of Head On 2006 / Deutsche Bank Collection, commissioned by Deutsche Bank AG. From Falling Back to Earth showing at Goma, Brisbane.

Fantastic exhibition. Incredibly well done and, to me, incredibly sad. These wolves go on a flying leap together into a glass plate where they all fall down and walk away, only to turn back and do it again! Just think about what that might be a metaphor for, from the human race to one’s mind, (well, my mind anyway). Here is one turning back with some trepidation.

Cai Guo-Qiang / Detail of Head On 2006
Cai Guo-Qiang / Detail of “Head On” 2006

Why are we so unwise that we keep making the same mistake, keep coming back to what hurts us, keep destroying our future even when we know we are doing so?

outpatients
again the bruised woman
lowers her eyes

sometimes just too tired
I put the recycles
in the wrong bin

There must be over a hundred of these handmade wolves hanging mid-flight or milling back. Several hundred people milling around too. I was lucky to get these shots sans people. Lots of them were taking tourist shots, Me with Falling Wolves. Odd. But there were also people who were plainly shocked, who had tears welling in their eyes.

Also in Heritage, where 99 animals stand around a blue pond with their tongues hanging out.

Cai Guo-Qiang, b.1957 China | detail of Heritage 2013
Cai Guo-Qiang, b.1957 China | detail of “Heritage” 2013
Cai Guo-Qiang, b.1957 China | Detail     of Heritage 2013
Cai Guo-Qiang, b.1957 China | Detail of “Heritage” 2013

Is it poisoned? Why are they not drinking. Animals of all types, from every continent. Predators and prey all equally parched it seems to me, though Cai Guo-Qiang says it was inspired by the pristine environment of Stradbroke Island and represents paradise.

Whatever, it’s a fantastic show.

after the art gallery
the palpable silence
between us

underpass
a fig tree is rooted
on concrete

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http://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/exhibitions/current/cai_guo-qiang 

 

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