LI Yi- Fan
Employing forms of sculpture, painting, and projection, Li Yi-Fan transforms his work into a fantastic narrative object lying fragmented in the exhibition venue, a work bearing more than a passing resemblance to the detritus of bitter struggles. By observing these shattered remnants, viewers may glimpse the psychedelic space-time through which the artist has travelled—to wit, the emergence and disillusionment of desires.
Li formulated a meta-narrative concept by skillfully applying technological media, such as projection mapping, so his work seemingly hesitates to move across the threshold of narratives and is thus mired in a state of continuing preparation. This “preparation” is rife with the frolic, wrestling, and torture between the artist and the media he uses. Not until one or the other party collapses does the work rise from the decaying corpse, and then the narratives quietly unfold. In this sense, what we see in Li’s work is not simply the narrative flow but also the ambiguous dimension acquired from the entanglements between his life stories and the media he has adopted. In this dimension, time stops elapsing, Mercury is in retrograde motion, and all spoken words make no sense because they are blended with one another.