“Fallen Blossoms” is realized at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2009. (Lonnie Graham, The Fabric Workshop and Museum / December 11, 2009)

For Cai Guo-Qiang, every time feels like the first time. His nerves still tingle, his mind still races — during that climactic, split-second moment before he lights the fuse and the gunpowder goes boom.

It’s an intensity that time hasn’t dimmed, not even after 30 years. That’s how long Cai’s been making art with explosions.

“The anxiety is part of my motivation to make artwork,” Cai says. “It’s the allure that draws me back time and again.”


Jason Kehe
Los Angeles Times