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    Sale 2707

    Asian Contemporary Art (Day Sale)

    25 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1023

    LI HUI

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    LI HUI
    (b. 1977)
    Acupuncture
    Signed in Chinese; signed 'Li Hui' in Pinyin; numbered '3/8' (on the bottom)
    LED lamp, acrylic, stainless steel sculpture
    165 x 60 x 40 cm. (65 x 23 1/4 x 15 3/4 in.)
    edition 3/8
    Executed in 2004


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    What distinguishes Li Hui from the rest of his fellow artists is his attempt to express the abstract forms of light by the objective images of objects, which means using light as a tool for outlining shapes, thus allowing light, with indefinite forms, to surpass, and dominate the inner spiritual strength of tangible objects. Viewers are invited into a bewildering world, both realistic and surreal, which touches them in a more overwhelming way than the visual form of the work could offer. Li's breakthrough in artistic creation moves beyond the original form of sculpture, thereby rejuvenating his works with a sense of emotional mastery and vibrancy of life, which directly penetrate our emotional nerves.

    The unique artistic language of Li, can be read alongside with the Chinese stratagem, such as 'making something out of nothing', 'turning emptiness into reality', answering to the difference in abstract conception between the East and the West. Concepts like 'Yin-Yang', 'Qi', 'Hun-Dun', 'Yi-Jing', that can be conveniently but by no means adequately, translated as, 'femininity and masculinity', 'energy', 'abyss', 'state of conception'. And these barely translatable concepts are the focal points of the originality in Li's art.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please kindly note that this lot is of edition 3/8 and signed by the artist in Chinese & Pinyin on the bottom.


    Literature

    Fiction@Love, exh. cat., Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China, 2006 (illustrated, p. 28).


    Exhibited

    Tokyo, Japan, Shiseido Gallery, 2004.
    Shanghai, China, Museum of Contemporary Art, Fiction@Love, 2006.