Cai Guo-Qiang: Life Beneath the Shadow

July 30–September 25, 2005

Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Curated by Fiona Bradley, (assisted by) Judith Schwarzbart, James Halloway (Scottish National Portrait Gallery)

Black Rainbow: Explosion Project for Edinburgh2005. Realized at Edinburgh Castle, July 29, 2005, 7:00 p.m., 3 minutes. 1400 three-inch black smoke shells. Commissioned by the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh for the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Life Beneath the Shadow, July 30–September 25, 2005.  [Ephemeral]

Photos by Richard Kempton, courtesy Cai Studio.

Life Beneath the Shadow2005. Eleven drawings (Gunpowder on paper), joss dolls, fishing wire, needles, and fire on wall. Installation dimensions variable. Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Billstone Foundation, Global Art Holdings, various private collections, and collection of the artist.

Installation view at Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 2005. Photo by Alan Dimmic.

Life Beneath the Shadow: Little Annie
2005
Gunpowder on paper
200 x 150 cm

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio.

Life Beneath the Shadow: James Hogg
2005
Gunpowder on paper
200 x 150 cm

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio.

Life Beneath the Shadow: Bald Agnes
2005
Gunpowder on paper
200 x 150 cm

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio.

Life Beneath the Shadow: Arthur Conan Doyle
2005
Gunpowder on paper
200 x 150 cm
Private collection

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio.

Life Beneath the Shadow: Robert Kirk
2005
Gunpowder on paper
200 x 150 cm
Private collection

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio.

Life Beneath the Shadow: Hugh Miller
2005
Gunpowder on paper
200 x 150 cm
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio.

Life Beneath the Shadow: Michael Scott
2005
Gunpowder on paper
200 x 150 cm
Private collection

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio.

Life Beneath the Shadow: Issobel Gowdie
2005
Gunpowder on paper
200 x 150 cm
Private collection

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio.

Life Beneath the Shadow: The Brahan Seer
2005
Gunpowder on paper
200 x 150 cm
Private Collection

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio.

Life Beneath the Shadow: The Lady of Lawers
2005
Gunpowder on paper
200 x 150 cm
Private collection

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio.

Life Beneath the Shadow: Aleister Crowley
2005
Gunpowder on paper
200 x 150 cm
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio.

Life Beneath the Shadow: Major Weir
2005
Gunpowder on paper
200 x 150 cm
Global Art Holdings

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio.

Life Beneath the Shadow: Judge Bluidy Mackenzie
2005
Gunpowder on paper
200 x 150 cm
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art

Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio.

Life Beneath the Shadow
2005
Joss dolls, Plexiglas, and needles
35 x 21 x 0.75 cm
Limited Edition of 100. Individually signed and dated on lower right corner with silver felt tip marker
Collection of the artist, various private collections

Photo courtesy the Fruitmarket Gallery.

Plantain Grove2005. Plantain trees, gouache, lights,surveillance camera, and video projection. Installation dimensions variable.

Installation views at Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 2005. Photos by Cai Guo-Qiang, courtesy Cai Studio.

Dark Night Edinburgh
2005
2 gunpowder drawings, 20 death masks from the collection of the Edinburgh Phrenological Society, and black plants
Installation dimensions variable

Photo by Cai Guo-Qiang, courtesy Fruitmarket Gallery.

Burning Dolls
2005
The Fruitmarket Gallery
Paper dolls, fishing wire, needles, urn, and fire on wall
Installation dimensions variable

Photo by Alan Dimmic.