Explosions in Art

Literally I mean using explosions to create art. I found this great video that show the Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto using controlled explosions to create pieces of art. The video on Vimeo is Vhils for Orelha Negra. and you can see the portrait emerging.  The video is in slow motion set to Miriams Song by Orelha Negra and really showcases the beauty that can be achieved by explosions! If you look here you can see some stills of the video.

A Chinese artist, Cai Guo-Qiang is showing how he creates his art using the medium of gunpowder. In this video, Explosion Work, one of the things he says resonated with me; “and then their is a moment of violence and destruction followed by the creation of a mysterious beauty.”  Made me think of the creation of the universe, The Big Bang, as you know I am not a deep thinker but it struck a chord with me that something beautiful can come from a explosion, at its most simplistic we are talking about a firework aren’t we?

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This is a slightly longer video of the creation of three pieces of work for the exhibition ‘Cai Guo-Qiang Sky Ladder’ for the Museum of Contemporary Art in LA, really interesting to watch, these are controlled explosions where the end result is planned but not expected – always original.

Lastly I want to leave you with some art that looks like nuclear explosions but the artist, Kim Keever makes them in water. Really quite stunning.


Kin Keevers Across the Volumes Exhibition Fabulous Nuclear explosion art created by paint in water


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