Archive for December, 2010
In Peter Marzio’s office, there was only a desk and a chair. Not one sheet of paper, a book, or even a telephone was in sight. After 28 years as the director of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, he made it all seem so effortless.
Within five minutes of discussing the Odyssey project with Peter, he made a decision, “We have to do this.”
When Peter walked in after Odyssey was installed, the first thing he said was simply, “Holy shit.” As he walked up to the pine trees in the drawing, tears welled in his eyes. He told Christine Starkman, the curator of Asian Art, that the antique works placed in the gallery hereafter must be first rate, or they will be overpowered by this work.
Artists are lonely by nature. A museum director like Peter can remind an artist that he is not alone in the history of a millennium, and that he’s done well!
I respectfully give this small sketch used in the creation of Odyssey to Peter as a memento of the journey we embarked on together, and to bid him a final farewell. As long as we remember him, he will always be with us.
Sketch for Odyssey No. 4, 2010. Pencil on paper. 11 x 81 inches.
和 Peter 談〈遠行〉方案，五分鐘內他即拍板：「這個計劃我們一定做。」
謹以這幅〈遠行〉的小草稿，紀念我們一起走過的這段旅程，送 Peter 一路好走。只要我們還想起他，他就永遠與我們一起。
Cai’s latest work in Mexico City, Sunshine and Solitude, features 14 gunpowder drawings surrounding a pond filled with volcanic rock and 10,000 liters of Mezcal.
Mezcal is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the maguey plant native to Mexico. It can reach an alcohol content of 55%, with the smell of 10,000 liters somewhat…overwhelming. In this video, Karen from Cai Studio shows us a glimpse of the construction of the Mezcal pond, and interviews Cai, Hong Hong, and all the staff as they pour the liquid.