Chen Li's art projects are a group of site-specific works designed for a museum or a contemporary art space.
Exhibition places: Archivio storico Olivetti, Ivrea, 2008; Triennale Bovisa museum, Milano, 2009
The body without the body: series of works where the body is represented
by its absence
Superb is the Night:nightgown installation with written words in rilief
Women– installation of 20 sculpture in plaster, where “Planning” has a feminine point of view in form and values
Self-portraits: self-portraits of Chen Li's face; our face communicates in the same way of calligraphic words: through the human body
Leit-Motiv of artistic research by Chen Li is the lightness in both form and content. The materials and techniques need spiritual elevation of the works and also lighten the message to the essence, where meaning and significance become one. Sometimes this means to quit the medium: Profile, light self-portraits, Albatross, wing paper and wire mesh, paper; Women, small sculptures in papier mache, happiness, where the matter is the word itself, without supports. Stracciafoglio, where the black words float in a transparent form. Drops, plexiglas sculptures where the light is the absolute protagonist.
Exhibition places: En Plein Air, Baudenasca 2012, WAD Foundation, Delft (Netherlands) 2012; Paper Museum, 2013 Schio (Vicenza); Isola di San Rocco al ponte delle Ripe, Mondovì (CN), 2012; Terme di Torino, Torino 2013
work with people with disabilities and in the community enables you to
work relationally in a group. The works are collective works and every
cell brings experience and energy and personality, and the final work is
an original body that sum of energies and source of new ideas and visions.
Places: La Promotrice delle belle arti, Torino, Fondazione Diamante, Lugano (CH)
The art symposium is an élite that is a small contemporary society. Through
the international art symposia meeting of the artists creates an alternative
way of understanding art, free and hedonistic, where the work is inspired
by living together and by individual work in limited and defined spaces.
The dynamics of the group act as a driving force for creative elements,
artistic, political and social synergies. Pros and cons of each one come
out in moments of relaxation and freedom.
Places: the symposium consists of a short residence and exhibition in the host country; Italy, France, Germany, Netherlands, Finland, Romania, USA (2003-2016)
Exhibition and artist book with Moona Metsoila and Guylen Béland-Tessier,
curated by Chen Li. The roots are involved in the works of art at a subconscious
level. Rediscover the roots and make them live in each compositional element
becomes an exercise of self-depth analysis.
Place: Mausoleo de La bella Rosin, Torino 2015
art as a medium and not as an end.
This is the most numerous series and is divided into two different areas:
works from 2010 to 2013 were made to be in contemporary art museums vision, testing of materials and shapes, and a range from 2014 to date, more pop, using paper and dedicated to street art, graphics, laser, for a “domestic use”.