Artist xu will be lit a in “qingming shanghe beings huge smoke (FIG.)

ridgefield, Connecticut in the United States, lamarcus aldridge museum of contemporary art, Chinese artist xu are exhibited a highly addictive. His this called & other; Tobacco plan & throughout; The device using the & other; Tobacco & throughout; This toxic leaves as the media and the source of inspiration, materials into maps, books and published poetry, to challenge the ubiquity of nicotine dependence on culture.

xu printing on a piece of leaf tobacco (2000) provided by duke university

ridgefield, Connecticut in the United States, lamarcus aldridge museum of contemporary art, Chinese artist xu are exhibited a highly addictive. His this called & other; Tobacco plan & throughout; The device using the & other; Tobacco & throughout; This toxic leaves as the media and the source of inspiration, materials into maps, books and published poetry, to challenge the ubiquity of nicotine dependence on culture.

on January 29th on Sunday at the opening ceremony, xu will be in the works “qingming shanghe beings lit a cigarette 12 meters long. On zhang zeduan painting, the sculpture will slowly burning, as on China’s land continuously waft of smoke a footnote: research has shown that China because of the number of cigarettes to death for most of the world, but two thirds of the Chinese believe that smoking is harmless to health, or the harmful effect.

in this interview, terrien ARTINFO xu, please talk about his reasons for choosing tobacco for media, and the cigarette have any special meaning for him. He also talked about his personal history of smoking.

can you introduce to us the lamarcus aldridge museum exhibition?

although they used a & other; Tobacco & throughout; As the planning theme, & other; Tobacco plan & throughout; On the work has no style in the consideration or contact. Some works like jewelry cabinet and delicate; Some large to fill up the whole exhibition space. The plan the semantic meaning of history through the counterpoint between different works and questions to form. From this perspective, the plan of vague, the uncertainty of its material, was turned into a clear, strong language, and further into the plan and this language artistic vocabulary.

& other; Tobacco plan & throughout; The cause of the history of interest in the smell of tobacco and craftsmanship. Its results is a huge and growing things, between history and sociology, or in other words, is a kind of artistic means is used to explore the activities of the social problems.

why choose cigarettes as the main body of the exhibition materials?

I have to make a speech at duke university. As soon as I arrived at durham was attracted by tobacco smoke in the air. Friend told me that the duke family is to rely on tobacco scratch and therefore durham, also known as & other; Throughout the city & tobacco; . In addition, due to the duke university school of medicine in cancer treatment is very famous, durham is a & other; Medicine throughout the city &; . There, tobacco and cultural history of overlap at multiple levels.

I have a habit, where to look at the local factory. I often feel those & other; Intelligent & throughout; Machine than true contemporary art closer to the art. When I went to a cigarette factory, the raw materials for processing improved process let me very interested in. I decided to give yourself a limit, only this kind of material, do a series of works related to tobacco.

after the duke did a show for the first time, I again in 2004, it expanded into the Shanghai gallery of Shanghai & ndash; & ndash; In the early 20th century, and durham in Shanghai due to tobacco trade frequent contacts & ndash; & ndash; Then in 2011, DE in Richmond, Virginia gallery, collectors Caroline & middot; Xu – heather barr (Carolyn Hsu – Balcer) & ndash; & ndash; Her family has been engaged in related to tobacco industry & ndash; & ndash; And her husband Rene & middot; Barr was suggested that I know about the history of tobacco Richmond. Ritchie’s lamarcus aldridge contemporary art will be the plan in the New York area the only exhibition.

you get a short term loan, often USES symbols, distort or destroy their meaning. In this plan, how do you treat metaphor of intrinsic to the cigarette?

I want to do is through exploring the relationship between human and entanglements between tobacco and human problems and defects of internal investigation. From a historical perspective, and the relationship between tobacco sometimes pull far, sometimes become very near.

in a certain period of time, tobacco is considered to be a good thing: men, women and children are the users of tobacco. We can say that we are now on tobacco resistance reached its peak. A pack of cigarette design is full of contradictions, both to do advertising, and to show to refuse. Everyone knows that smoking is harmful, but we cannot leave it, the entanglement is like a pair of relationship: too close is not good, not too far away. Together, the meaning of human frailty and tobacco formed an awkward relationship.

in the tobacco as a kind of material, and began to learn more about it later, I realized that it must not be a further object of subjective judgments. It has the burden of social symbols. I don’t want my work to be as tobacco related engineering of another accessories. I have no reason to spend so much energy to say something everyone knows. When I see tobacco as a neutral, go back to its primitive trait, I can simply in this paper, the exchange of close to the material. If in a kind of moral or ethical judgment to use material, so it never see the real side.

the exhibition also includes a work based on the time, you will soon to lit the cigarette in a 12 meters long. This is a behavior?

this is a device. And put out cigarette action is needed, but there is no ceremony of nature.

lamarcus aldridge show works showed a on cigarettes and tobacco culture obsession. You smoke?

don’t smoke. 1972 cultural revolution to the countryside when I actually kind of vigor, I and other educated youth have two things. One of them is to see who could endure not to smoke. To the countryside when we all vowed not to smoke in the countryside. The production team has more than one hundred male educated youth, I was the only one in two years didn’t smoke at all. I mean, don’t smoke don’t smoke. It’s nothing. And we than who can endure not to go home. I will wait for country or city level of exhibition of time back to Beijing, so I often is the only one we the ZhiQingDian is left behind. This kind of self-control are can produce a sense of accomplishment.

xu’s & other; Tobacco plan & throughout; On January 29 on Sunday in ridgefield, Connecticut, lamarcus aldridge museum, will continue to June 10.

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ridgefield, Connecticut in the United States, lamarcus aldridge museum of contemporary art, Chinese artist xu are exhibited a highly addictive. His this called & other; Tobacco plan & throughout; The device using the & other; Tobacco & throughout; This toxic leaves as the media and the source of inspiration, materials into maps, books and published poetry, to challenge the ubiquity of nicotine dependence on culture.