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Coca-Cola resin, cookwares, iron, glass, stainless steel, plastic vitrine: 125×256×218cm×10
iron bucket: Ø60×88cm×23 plastic bucket: Ø70×101cm×4 overall dimensions variable
The Cola Project was initiated during the beginning of 2009.
He Xiangyu constructed a "kitchen" in his studio, made numerous sketches, conducted extensive researches on Coca-Cola and various related experiments. At the end of 2009, the artist decided to move the operation to Dandong, Liaoning Province, a city that borders North Korea. It is at this location where the artist and his relatives fabricated ten iron vessels within a site structure. Working on the project uninterruptedly for over one and a half years, which totaled more than 6000 man-hours, the artist and his relatives ultimately cooked 127 tons of Coca Cola and extracted 40 cubic meters of cooked residue. The related equipments and cola residue, presented in the exhibition, are the first comprehensive presentations of the conduction of the Cola Project in the past ten years.
He Xiangyu's art practice could be seen as a proving ground or a laboratory of materials and concepts, in which he investigates and engages with a variety of personal, social and political subjects. Grown up from a dramatic period of rapid urbanization in China, He's practice is centered on representing or manipulating cognitive senses through transformation between different materials. The ongoing Lemon Project (2015-present) investigates and researches the significance of lemon and the color yellow in various fields under the global context, and explores the ways in which they are presented and utilized throughout the human civilization, as well as, the ways in which they have shaped the notions of the nation, boundary, economy, cultural diversity, and spirituality. ———
The work is currently on view in the show A White Space Odyssey at WHITE SPACE BEIJING
Credit: the artist and WHITE SPACE BEIJING
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