Human Nature Transmigration: Ordinary People

2010 - 

 

Many people believe that Li Chen’s works are all the artist’s pursuit of his own spiritual joy, a process that he revels in, but Li clearly uses Ordinary People to reflect on the habits of society and human nature that he has observed. The sculptures that preceded this series focused on flowing lines and smooth surface texture, so the artist’s pursuit of spiritual perfection was instantly recognizable. In contrast, some of the Ordinary People works are purposefully given a rough and cracked surface, a depiction of the various guises in which ordinary people can appear. Some of the pieces even contain vulgar images, some of which reflect the artist’s experiences and his perception of social movements. The way in which Li Chen selects sculpted forms that correspond to the inner meaning of the pieces highlights people and social acticities, while showcasing the artist’s own creativity. 

The different facets of “Ordinary People” highlight the fact that the vicissitudes of life and complexities of human nature have changed little over time. People remain beset by problems of existence and character they find difficult to resolve, what Li Chen refers to as “basic nature.” For example, the first work in this series, Boundless Desire, seeks to make desire concrete, showcasing the propensity of humanity to consume apparently without end – constantly reproducing and holding onto things for as long as possible. The artist creates his works by displaying this phenomenon and it is through such performances that he focuses on the shared “karma” of humanity.

 

 


 

 

Boundless Desire

2010

 


 

 

Non-Stop

2012

 


 

 

Lip Blade

2012

 


 

 

Reciprocity and Contradiction

2012

 


 

 

Lad

2012

 


 

 

Sounds of Multitude

2012

 


 

 

Reflection of Mind

2012

 


 

Pliant Man

2012

 

 

 

 

 
 
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