Watch’s Behind-the-Scenes Short on Cai Guo-Qiang’s Explosive L.A. MOCA Show

Art e-commerce start-up is making like competitor Paddle8 and offering exclusive content, beginning with behind-the-scenes footage (embedded below) of Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang preparing three new monumental gunpowder drawings for his major solo show at Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), “Sky Ladder,” which opens on Sunday. Though the fireworks aren’t quite on par with the rainbow he recently created for Doha’s Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Cai discusses his work very candidly.

“Using gunpowder as my medium brings me closer to nature, and even the universe” he says. It also makes the eager art-lovers in the audience react like six-year-olds who sat too close to the orwca tank at Seaworld, as seen at the 2:25 mark.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Sky Ladder” opens at LA MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary on April 8 and continues through July 30, after an explosion event tomorrow night at 7pm.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Photo by Joshua White, courtesy The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.)