(Chinese, B. 1963)
Golden Rain
signed in Chinese; signed 'Lichen' in Pinyin; numbered '6/8' (engraved on middle back)
bronze sculpture
48.5 x 54.5 x 94 cm. (19 1/8 x 21 1/2 x 37 in.)
edition 6/8
Executed in 2005
Asia Art Center, Li Chen: Energy of Emptiness, Taipei, Taiwan, 2007 (different sized version illustrated, pp. 186-189).
Asia Art Center, Li Chen: In Search of Spiritual Space, Solo Exhibition at National Art Museum of China, Taipei, Taiwan, 2008 (different sized version illustrated, cover page & pp. 130-139).
Singapore Art Museum, Li Chen : MindDBodyDSpirit, Li Chen Solo Exhibition at Singapore Art Museum, 2009, Singapore (different sized version illustrated, pp. 90-91).
Singapore, Singapore Art Museum, Li Chen : MindDBodyDSpirit, 2009 (different sized version exhibited).

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Lot Essay

Li Chen's Golden Rain (Lot 468), as part of the Spiritual Journey Through The Great Ether series, was completed in 2005. In this piece, Li expresses his feelings through his portrayal of the scenery. The rain has just stopped and the setting sun has painted the horizon with its shining rays, illuminating the raindrops with a golden hue. A child frolics joyfully in the rain, blending in with nature to become one entity. Li Chen freezes the moment and encapsulates it into his sculpture. The piece, when scrutinized from its front, shows three fallen raindrops on the face and neck of the child, as if those are his eyes and nose. Here Li Chen magnifies his feelings in this direct visual manner. He conveys a sense of engaging humour and subtly expresses tranquility with his unique style, offering the viewer a fresh new visual perception. By using gold as a metaphor for rain, Li Chen describes his joyous delight in his deep feelings for this source of life. The ambience created by the "setting sun and golden showers," gives rise to a boundless world for imagination. This is supported by the contrasting yet harmonious combination of the gold and black energy, thereby creating a dazzling emptiness. In addition, it infuses the sculpture with a type of warm energy that underlines the value of the substance and which fills the work with limitless vital energy.

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