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View of “He Xiangyu,” 2014. From left: Copper, 2014; Lemon Flavored, 2014; RRL, 2014; Endless Copies, 2014.

He Xiangyu

White Space Beijing 空白空间

View of “He Xiangyu,” 2014. From left: Copper, 2014; Lemon Flavored, 2014; RRL, 2014; Endless Copies, 2014.

Sometimes small surprises are better than big ones. He Xiangyu has previously made a life-size leather tank and reduced 127 tons of soda to coal-like residues, so I was expecting to see grand-scale works again in his latest show, “Dotted Line.” Instead, he presented the series “Lemon Flavored” (all works 2014), consisting of small paintings in which the title is repeated on backgrounds of white, green, and yellow. There were sculptures, too, but again, of modest scale—for instance R&L, a white sock with the letter R embroidered on it encased in a small metal vitrine and another, bearing the letter L, resting unencumbered on the floor. In Endless Copies, a couple of mirrors have been placed face-to-face, with the date, time, and place of production of one of them, as stamped on its verso, facing the audience. While the second mirror is slightly larger, leaving a thin, reflective

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