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LI SHAN 李山
b. 1942, works and lives in Shanghai and New York

LI SHAN 李山
1999
Acrylic on canvas
180(H)*70(W)cm
LSU075

Since 1989 to mid-1990s, LI Shan produced the series entitled Rouge. Standing as landmark by the artist, this series probed into “quitting of the significance of pursuit” as well as the thought on the phenomenon of “tawdriness”. Back in 1996, fascinated by genetic mutation and biological synthesis, he commenced the expression of “genetic remodeling” from the standpoint of an artist. During that period of time, LI spent considerable time reading articles and books in this aspect and suggested on theoretical level hypothesis on biological evolution. Meanwhile, he also achieved gradually the transfer from simply an idea to his own biological art creation. Random collage that combined human body with simple organism was the form adopted in that series whose metaphorical meaning displayed the pursuit of very origin shared by self-awareness and self-identity. The definition of “genetics” was synonymous with characteristics and origin. By describing genetic ideal, LI rendered his status quo and life style.

Related Exhibitions:
Daybreak The Barn Contemporary Art Space, Shenzhen 04.18, 2019 -05.28, 2019
Works by YANG Zhenzhong, DING Yi, YU Youhan and Others ShanghART Beijing, Beijing 07.04, 2013 -08.31, 2013



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