In Search of Spiritual Space: Spiritual Journey through the Great Ether

2001 -

 

Seeing these tensions in the Chan philosophy context, they are about the void that is not the vacuity, and the right balance of what is intrinsic and what is transcendental, which must come into a synthesis in the viewer’s mind. “Tension” is not quite the right description of the kind of push-and-pull tussles in Li Chen sculptures, as they look completely serene and resolved, only because they stimulate the mental processes in the viewer of an animated mass between mass and void.

There is a clear sense of a childlike innocence and a curious timeless wisdom to be found in Li Chen's art. If sculpture reinforces our own humanity, then Li's work certainly does this in full, with a sense of humor, a limitless energy, and a generosity of spirit that Western-influenced, hard-edged metal sculpture work does not possess. Li's vigorous embrace of the best qualities of Buddhism allows us to smile at ourselves and to see the wisdom of seeking peace in a turbulent and malevolent world.

 

Reference: Ian Findlay-Brown, Asian Art News & World Sculpture News Editor, In Search of Spiritual Space in In Search of Spiritual Space area)

 

 


 

 

Sky

2012

 


 

 

Float to Sukhavati

2002

 


 

 

Floating Heavenly Palace

2007

 


 

 

Wisdom Bodhisattva

2001

 


 

 

Fulfillment Bodhisattva

2001

 

 


 

Clear Soul

2002

 


 

 

Flickering Moonlight

2009

 


 

 

Soothing Breezes Floating Clouds

2005

 


 

 

Collective Consciousness

2006

 

 

 

 

 
 
Design + Development by www.gaa-software.com  
+