Lot 27
  • 27

Rainstorm in Beijing

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Description

  • Rainstorm in Beijing
  • edition 1 of 8
    inscribed, dated 2014, and signed LI JIN 1/8 on base
  • fibreglass
  • 35 by 38 by 38 cm., 13 3/4 by 15 by 15 in.
  • base: 10 by 50 by 50 cm., 4 by 19 3/4 by 19 3/4 in.
  • 2014

Catalogue Note

As Li Jin’s first explorations in three dimensions, these handpainted sculptures bring his paintings to life with equal richness and charm. Rainstorm in Beijing depicts a young couple hanging out in bathing suits, with concerned expressions as they wait for the rain to pass. Like Samuel Beckett’s tragicomedy, Waiting for Godot, Li Jin’s figures are endlessly caught in vain, expecting something to happen, or tragically, never at all. And yet for Li Jin, humour prevails as there is delight found in the details of the sculpture: the bright red flower in her hair, the fine tattoos on each of their shoulders, and the slight touch of their intertwined legs.  Sitting atop the lyrics of a traditional folk song about youth, the figures are endlessly caught in times of good health, spending an intimate moment together that is one of longing and nostalgia. 
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