Charles Ray’s Mountain lion attacking dog depicts a struggle between two animals. The battle is free flowing and open with tension strung throughout it. The dominant animal, the mountain lion, drowns out the chaos created by the fight of the weaker animal, the dog, with a powerful bite to the neck. Christopher Wool’s Untitled 2013, is a piece that also depicts a free flowing, writhing form of chaos. Untitled 2013 is a massive, chaotic jumble of metal cabling that sits outdoors. Unlike Mountain lion attacking dog, Untitled 2013 can really only distract from its chaos with its sheer size. The metal bodies of both pieces suggest that the chaos within was manufactured and not natural, taking away from the turmoil often seen in equivalent pieces made of wood, glass or stone.
Derek Saurack, Teen Educator 2019-2020