76 Grand Street
Deitch Projects presented Cody Choi's The Thinker, which was an exhibition of seven life-sized sculptures made from toilet paper saturated with Pepto-Bismol. Based both on Rodin's iconic image and on the artist's own anxious posture, the work reflected the challenges an Asian artist faces in reconciling his own artistic tradition with the art of the West.
The artist was so anxious about fitting into America when he arrived in Los Angeles from Korea as a high school student that he had to soothe his upset stomach several times a day by drinking a bottle of Pepto-Bismol. Pepto-Bismol became his savior, and the viscous pink liquid became his favored artistic medium, loaded with personal associations. Pepto-Bismol and toilet paper became for Cody Choi what fat and belt became for Joseph Beuys. Cody Choi's nervous stomach and his anxiety in dealing with Western people and Western art eventually led him to the challenge of taking on Rodin's Thinker. The artist himself assumed seven variants of the famous pose building up his form over a wooden armature with over 2,500 rolls of toilet paper soaked in pink Pepto-Bismol. The artist went through more than 20,000 bottles in the process.
Choi's work explored the confusion between Modernization and Westernization that developed in countries like Korea. The artist addressed the difficult challenge of fusing the Korean aesthetic tradition with the Western visual vocabulary that had dominated International Contemporary Art. Choi's Asian perspective reflected the new artistic energy coming from non-Western cultural traditions that significantly expanded the visual language of Contemporary Art.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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