A Closer Look at Archeo: Josh Kline's Skittles

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Author: 
Christian Barclay
Josh Kline's Skittles part of the High Line Art group exhibition, Archeo. Photo by Timothy Schenck

Josh Kline’s Skittles, part of the group exhibition Archeo, is an industrial refrigerator containing smoothies produced by the artist using unconventional and poetic combinations of ingredients, including kale chips, squid ink, sneakers, phone bills, and pepper spray. Each smoothie stands as a portrait of a different contemporary lifestyle. When grouped together, they evoke a landscape of aspiration, taste, and – at times – deprivation in a metropolis like New York City.

Learn more about the ingredients:

Josh Kline's Skittles. Photo by Timothy Schenck

nightlife: coke zero, octopus ink, raid, cool water [davidoff], bath salts

designer: toothpaste, vitamin water, listerine, toner, magazine, sneaker

bottle service: wall street journal, windex, champagne, foreign currency, vodka, salmon roe, sea salt

williamsburg: credit card, american apparel, kale chips, kombucha, microbrew, quinoa, agave

sick day: dayquil, red bull, ritalin, claritin, aspirin, advil, aleve

minimum wage: mr. clean, money order, medical scrubs, french fries, toilet paper, phone card, latex gloves, pennies

mixed greens: baby spinach, baby kale, lacinato kale, nyquil, tennis ball, wheatgrass, spirulina, olive oil, dollars

big data: google glass, underwear, verizon bill, bacteria, omega-3 fish oil, purell, porn

crowd control: video camera, microphone, pig’s blood, pepper spray, duct tape, dirt

condo: coconut water, hdmi cable, infant formula, turmeric, yoga mat, glass

clear: purell, vodka, lemon, proactive, dianetics, neosporin, sugar

tourism: starbucks coffee, cheap sunglasses, metrocard, hotel soap, cupcake, cheesecake, cronut

supplements: protein bar, blueberries, tooth whitening, rogaine, viagra

plastic: water bottle, shopping bag, iphone case, cling wrap, k-y jelly, poland spring, fake plant

anarchy: infused vodka, axe body wash, protein powder, red bull, self-tanner, banana, dhea