Li Shan - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Friday, October 17, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot Inner Space is from a series of works by the artist examining the relationship between biological technology and the universe. The humans are all modified by the artist.  Dragonfly wings, cat ears and grotesque skin color are all used to convey the artist’s interest in challenging conventions of reproduction”. Inner Space also expresses the artist‘s exploration of the relationship between all living-beings and the universe. 'When I was little I always liked looking at the sky at night, especially in winter. Winter nights in the north are very cold and clear, you can start the imagination right way, finding the stars that belong to you, the correlation between the positions of the star, the lightness of the stars and my destiny. I didn’t know if that was science or not… in fact life is too trivial and unimportant to the universe, it doesn’t need life, it simply needs substance. The universe doesn’t need people, doesn’t need frogs, what are they for anyway?' (Li Shan taken from “Conversation with Zhang Huan and Wu Liang,


Inner Space

Acrylic on canvas.
35.5 x 57.5 cm. (14 x 22 5/8 in).
Signed and dated 'Li Shan 2004' [in Chinese] on the reverse.

£35,000 - 45,000 

Contemporary Art Day Sale

18 Oct 2008 2pm