"Being: In/Voluntary Drift" Li Chen Solo Exhibition
City: Taipei
Curator: Wu Hong-Liang
Duration: 2017-07-01 ~ 2017-08-27
Opening: 2017.6.30 (Fri.)4pm
Venue: The Museum of Contemporary Art(Taipei)
Address: No.39 Chang-An West Road Taipei
Participating Artist(s): Li Chen
Host(s): The Museum of Contemporary Art(Taipei)

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.

——Wu Hong-Liang

About the Artist

Li Chen was born in 1963 in Yunlin, Taiwan. He graduated from Dajia Senior High School in 1981. He currently lives and works in Taichung. His selected solo exhibitions include: Being: In/Voluntary Drift ─ Li Chen Solo Exhibition (Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, 2017), Journey of Solitary Existence: Li Chen Ordinary People Debut Exhibition (Asia Art Center, Beijing, 2014), Chineseness - A Documentary Exhibition on Li Chen (Asia Art Center, Taipei, 2013), Li Chen 2013 Place Vendôme Premiere Solo Exhibition in Paris (Place Vendôme, Paris, 2013), Li Chen: Eternity and Commoner (Frye Art Museum, Seattle, 2012), Greatness of Spirit: Li Chen Premiere Sculpture Exhibition in Taiwan (National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei, 2011), Li Chen: Mind.Body.Spirit (Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, 2009), Soul Guardians - In an Age of Disasters and Calamities (Asia Art Center, Beijing, 2008), In Search of Spiritual Space (National Art Museum of China, Beijing, 2008), Energy of Emptiness (Telecom Italia Future Centre, 52nd International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, 2007). His selected group exhibitions include: The Return of Elegancy - Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition (Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen, 2016), Metamorphosis - Biennale China-Italia (Manet Art Gallery, Beijing, 2016), Rest on Water and Gargle with Stone - Chinese Contemporary Literati Arts (Asia Art Center, Beijing, 2015), Culture.Mind.Becoming (Palazzo Mora, 55th International Art Exhibition - 2003 La Biennale di Venezia, 2013), China Onward: Chinese Contemporary Art, 1966-2006 (The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen; Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2007), OPENASIA, 10th International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations (Venice, 2007), Fiction Love - Ultra New Vision in Contemporary Art (Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, 2004), OPENASIA, 7th International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations (Venice, 2004), China Without Borders (Sotheby’s New York, New York, 2001). His artworks were collected in: Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (Kaohsiung) and Olenska Foundation (Geneva).



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