Monday, 9 - 04 - 2012
Endless, Cai Guo Qiang
“The blasts are reprised on video on the upper levels of Mathaf and the trend runs through the exhibition, which mostly eschews vivid colors in favor of nuances of tan and brown. An obvious reference to the desert, these hues also evoke a haze, seeming to wrap Arab icons (“99 Horses”) or a 17th-century nautical chart hinting at the Maritime Silk Road (“Route”) in suspended time and space.
That effect is fully explored in a foggy room where a traditional Chinese fishing boat and two Qatari “houri” boats, borrowed from the National Museum, rock in the fake waves of a green water pool, relaxed and — despite the inherent travel theme — going nowhere. That installation is called “Endless” and very appropriately sits in the middle of studies of past and present." (via)