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Li Ji Kai
Box, 2009

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In Li Ji Kai's sculpture titled "Box", the heavy-lidded eyes depict a mind sluggish from inactivity and laden with the mark of capitalism. They are indeed dreaming as their incapabilities cannot sustain a bright future. As in all of Li's sculptures and paintings, the protagonist boy is well-dressed, illustrating his affluent Chinese parents showering their only offspring with excessive luxuries that the children see as their birth right to receive. The box represents the world in which the new generation is living - well provided and without the need to struggle for anything, having a lack of exposure to the difficulties of the real world that their ancestors faced to come thus far.

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  • +Artist Bio

    Li Ji Kai born in Chengdu, Sichuan, 1975, insightfully explores the effects of the social illness plaguing today's China. Through the physical manifestations of young Chinese boys in sculptures and paintings, Li illustrates their disengagement with their environment and the preoccupied self-indulgence that he observes in their daily lives. Li's works have been exhibited throughout China since 2002 in Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Hubei and Guangzhou, as well as the "Path -China-France Exhibition" in Paris in 2004. He often covers historic and political happenings including the issue of Chinese youth goading each other towards ideological fervour and joining Red Guard groups to unleash Mao's brand of political terror during the Cultural Revolution, the post-revolution generation was pampered with consumerism, technology and filled with individualistic desires. 
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  • +Exhibitions

    Wuhan, China, Wuhan Art Museum, From Scenes to Scenes of Culture: Studies on Post-Seventy Artists
    31 May-21 June Redefined, the doubts and sense in 70's art, Today Art Museum, Beijing
    Within you, without you. Dialogue Space, Beijing, China

    Reflection, Canvas International Art, Amsterdam, Holland 
    Reshaping history. Chinart from 2000 to 2009. China national convention center. Beijing

    Hong Kong, China, Tang Contemporary Art, Muddy New Trends: Fifteen Contemporary Chinese Artists
    The Pacific Heritage Museum, San Francisco,USA, 
    Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland 
    China Mania, Arken Art Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Zurich, Switzerland, Art Seasons Gallery, Small Worlds: Paintings of Li Jikai 
    Clear, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China 
    Walking alone: Canvas International Art Amsterdam, Holland 
    Contemporary Art, HongKong, China

    Clear, Shanghai Museum of Fine Arts, Shanghai, China

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