Title Being: In/Voluntary Drift ─ Li Chen Solo Exhibition
Curator Wu Hong-Liang
Artist Li Chen
Dates Jul. 1- Aug. 27, 2017
Venue
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei
Organizer The Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei

Being: In/Voluntary Drift – Li Chen Solo Exhibition

Li Chen

 

The artist Li Chen is to be exhibited at MOCA, Taipei. In “ Being: In/Voluntary Drift ─ Li Chen Solo Exhibition”, which takes up the entire exhibition space of the museum, more than 50 pieces of his art created since the 1990s are exhibited until August 27th, 2017, including the series “The Immortality of Fate: Living Soul” and “Ordinary People”, together with his other popular and classic artwork. This is Li Chen’s first exhibition in Taiwan that formally presents his art that shows the imperfection of humanity and doubt, featuring one of his brand-new pieces Innerve.Artificial Heavens. We cordially invite you to attend the opening reception, which will be held on June 30th, 2017 at MOCA, Taipei.


 

Text/ Wu Hong-Liang

As the curator of the Li Chen solo exhibition that opens on July 1st, 2017 at MOCA, Taipei, I hope this exhibition showcases different facets of Li Chen, to show the reality of his art to viewers, especially people in art and academic circles. The exhibition encompasses the evolution and the context of Li Chen’s thought and the values of his art philosophy.

Studying the context of Li Chen’s works, I decided to center this exhibition around the concept of “Being”. The Chinese title of the exhibition includes the character “世 (shi)”, which has a variety of meanings including time, such as the Chinese term for century, “世紀 (shi ji)”, and generations, “世世代代 (shi shi dai dai)”; the word can also refer to space, in such terms as world “世界 (shi jie)” and can extend to other meanings, such as distancing from and engaging in society, “出世 (chu shi)” and “入世 (ru shi)”, respectively. The English title “Being” also induces the concepts of existence, life, essence, and character. With origins in eastern consciousness and Buddhist philosophy, the works of Li Chen include the vast linear character of history while containing acute contemplations of modern intuition, forming the temperament of multiplicity and pioneering quality of Li’s works. The subhead “In/Voluntary Drift” is inspired by Li Chen’s own words: “Life is as it’s always been.” Just like the exploration between the objective and subjective, the collision between history and reality, and the drift between the voluntary and involuntary, each is a journey of exile and wandering. This exhibition is separated into four sections: Arriving, Leaving, Entering, and Exiting, each allowing the viewer to experience the realm of drifting constructed by a variety of different elements.

ON-SITE

ARTWORKS

Ethereal Cloud – Mood Swing 2012 Bronze

Innerve‧ Artificial Heavens 2017  Installation

Ordinary People – Hollow 2013 Clay, wood, linen rope

The Immortality of Fate: Living Soul  Night  Navigator  Wood, generator, light

Ordinary People – Pliant Man 2012 Silicone, steel

Spiritual Journey Through the Great Ether – Ephemeral Beauty 2013 Bronze

Spiritual Journey Through the Great Ether – Human Nature 2012 Bronze, UPR

Spiritual Journey Through the Great Ether – Peony 2013 Bronze

Energy of Emptiness – Butterfly Kingdom 1999 Mixed media

Ordinary People – Pool of Luxury 2012 Clay, wood, linen rope, gold foil

Ordinary People – Lip Blade 2012 Clay, wood, linen rope

Ordinary People – Sounds of Multitude 2012 Clay, wood, linen rope

Ordinary People – Reflection of Mind 2012 Clay, wood, linen rope, mirror

Ordinary People – Lad 2012 Clay, wood, linen rope

Ordinary People – Incomprehensible 2012 Clay, wood, iron wire, linen rope

Holy Light 2017 Installation

Ordinary People – The Multitude I 2012 Clay, wood, linen rope

Ordinary People – The Multitude II 2017 Clay, wood, linen rope

The Immortality of Fate Living Soul – Nowhere 2013 Wood

The Immortality of Fate Living Soul – Commoner II 2012 Wood, iron

Emergency Exit 2017 Installation

The Immortality of Fate – Upright Soul 2013 Wood, steel

Collective Consciousness 2012 Bronze

Sketch 2012 Ink on paper

Spirited 1990 FRP


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