Li Chen’s (李真) newest solo exhibition, “Being: In / Voluntary Drift” (一場自願非願的遊浮), opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Taipei on July 1 and will run until August 27.
Born in Yunlin in 1963, Li combines Buddhist and Daoist philosophy, Western elements of sculpture, and aspects of modern society in his artwork, which were first publicly displayed in 1999.
“Being: In / Voluntary Drift” centers around the idea of “Being,” as in existence, life, essence, and character. The Chinese title of the exhibition includes the character “世,” which can mean time, as in the word for century “世紀,” and generations “世世代代,” and it can refer to space as in the word for world “世界” and can extend to meanings such as engaging “出世” and distancing from “入世” society.
The exhibition is divided into four sections: Arriving, Leaving, Entering, and Exiting. The last of the sections includes a piece of interactive art by which visitors can physically exit the exhibition.
Li’s work is also on display outside MoCA in the section aptly called Arriving. The artist deliberately placed the sculptures so that visitors could fit them in the frame of a phone’s camera.
Entrance to Li Chen’s solo exhibition is NT$50 and the museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.