ZHONG CHENG

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    LI CHEN (b.1963)

    Pure Land

    1998

    Bronze, 66/99
    16 x 45 x 27 cm

    Signature engraved: Li Chen in Chinese, dated 1998 and numbered 66/99

    Estimate TWD 550,000-750,000
    USD 17,300-23,500
    HKD 0-0

    Hammer Price TWD 840,000
    USD 26,923
    HKD 211,587

With a certificate of authenticity from gallery

Provenance:

Illustrated:"Li Chen Energy of Emptiness 52nd International Art Exhibition - La Biennale de Venezia," Asia Art Center, Taipei Taiwan, 2007, Page 30-41 (another version)

Exhibition:"Li Chen in 52nd Venice Biennale - Energy of Emptiness," Telecom Italia Future Center, Italy Venice, June 10-November 21, 2007 (another version)

Exposition:

In 2004, Li Chen made a significant mark on the global art stage when he participated in the Venice International Sculpture and Installation Open Exhibition, unveiling a monumental piece titled "The Land of No Worries." This awe-inspiring creation caught the discerning eye of the renowned Italian curator, Paolo De Grandis, who journeyed all the way to Taiwan to personally extend an invitation to Li Chen, urging him to become a contender for the prestigious Venice Biennale Exhibition in 2007.

Li Chen's artistic creations resonate with an exquisite harmony, a reflective depth, and a Zen-like simplicity. They exude a sense of completeness and spaciousness, radiating a natural, unadorned beauty that encapsulates a distinct essence, emblematic of the New East. With a masterful touch, he seamlessly weaves together the rich tapestry of Chinese Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian, and other philosophical traditions into the fabric of modern sculpture. Take, for instance, the sculpture in question: within its contours, a child is portrayed, carefree and suspended in a state of effortless levity, transcending the mundane worries of existence to revel in the boundless realm of unfettered freedom. Despite the apparent fragility of its physical form, Li Chen's craftsmanship imbues the sculpture with an air of serene poise, a purity reminiscent of childlike innocence. The flowing lines, brimming with vitality and tension, are accentuated by the artist's judicious use of black Chinese ink and matte-textured lacquer upon bronze, creating a captivating and wholly distinctive effect.

In a candid interview, Li Chen once contemplated the intriguing paradox between his art and Buddhist philosophy, musing, "Buddhism, after all, advocates the notion of 'no-self,' yet here I am as an artist, persistently crafting sculptures that echo the cadence of my own thoughts. Does this not stand in stark contrast to the very concept of 'no-self'?" Paradoxically, it is precisely this conscious acknowledgment of the contradiction that propels Li Chen's contemplative journey to greater depths, allowing him to perceive the intricacies of the human realm with a panoramic perspective. His artworks, unflinchingly presenting these profound contradictions, generate a profound tension that beckons viewers to engage in introspective contemplation of the highest order.

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