It was an intense six working days because we have to built the sculpture from scratch in China that requires estimated 10,000 pair of disposable chopsticks and immense amount of assemble work. We were negotiating a sponsor from London Metropolitan University for this project to promote the University unfortunately it did not work out. However, the university has kindly promoted As Much As you Like on their website instead.
As Much As You Like 韧用 developed from my work Assemblage of Used Disposable Chopsticks, 2000. For the Chinese title ‘韧用‘: the word ’韧’ has two meanings. Firstly, it’s pronunciation is the same as ‘任‘ which has the meaning of no tie. Secondly,’ 韧’ also means durable or long lasting. While in English, ‘As Much As You Like’ refers to eating, it makes a connection to the buffet style serves in some of the restaurants in the
The initial proposal of this sculpture involves public participation in which, we would invite the public to withdraw the chopsticks from a pre-made lantern shape sculpture to use for their meals in the food court next to the exhibition space. The public will then make use of the used-chopsticks to form a pie shape furniture. Due to the time limit and financial difficulties, this process has to be abundant.
This experimental sculpture portrays the China today after the ‘reform’ and ‘open to the world’ under the late chairman Deng, his policies has brought China enter a new era that influence the world. It also combines both Chen and my interests, where we observe the relationship of the materials with us within a temporal consume environment or time frame, searching ways to make connection and expand the life span of the chopstick and its paper pocket accompanied.
Sincere thanks from me and Chen to everyone who helped to execute the project: friends, Get it Louder 2007 and the volunteers.
Checking the exhibition space with Chen (right)
Getting on with the work in a small room we hired from the GuangZhou Academy of Art
Cardboard is the packaging for the chopsticks, we use it as a base to insert the chopsticks
Chen is briefing the volunteers
The volunteers stayed awake whole night to finish the piece, we were working under dimmed light and very hot and humid condition
Finding the right hanging angle
Getitlouder 07 opening ceremony, 23 June 07
Getitlouder 07 visited by thousand of visitors everyday
Closed up view of the two pieces sculpture