Xu Bing, a noted Chinese artist, has transformed trash in the most stunning and delightful ways at Mass MoCA. We go to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams at least once a year, often bringing grandsons with us because there is always something weird and wonderful to see.
I consider cigarettes, even unsmoked, as trash. For Xu Bing they are the raw materials of art.
Xu Bing took this scroll as his inspiration, and then recreated it. How?
He attached trash to a lit panel.
The artist’s description does not really explain the mystery.
Mass MoCA has an enormous gallery – and even here it was almost too small for the magnificent Phoenixes, made from trash on a construction site in Beijing.
Of course, there is even more to see at Mass MoCA this summer: ne minute videos, Marko Remec’s Totally Totem, the amazing Life’s Work by Tom Phillips and Johnny Carrera and MORE! Even music. Bang on a Can.
Even the Music at Mass MoCA is weird and wonderful.
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You are so lucky to live so close to such cultural experiences. Wonderful.
WOW, so cool! In photo #1, I might say this is one of the best uses for cigarettes ever. Photo #2 is really interesting, too. This looks like a gr8 place to visit. Fabulous WW pix!
I loved this and am going to keep my eyes open for this artist. Thanks!
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Pretty cool stuff…
Lisa – We are lucky to live in a beautiful rural spot, and still have the avant garde nearby.
Cathy – We highly recommend Mass MoCA. I thought it was the best use of cigarettes too.
GHG – Xu Bing had a lot of interesting stuff at the exhibit.
Jennifer – WW is always fun.
Donna – Very cool, and the movie about the making of the Phoenixes was very thought provoking.
Art never ceases to amaze me. 🙂
That is some really cool art! Happy belated WW 🙂
wow, amazing art! I wonder if we could make it out there as a day trip? I think I’ll add it to my list of possibilities.