A cloud of smoke rises up from The Ethereal Cloud series, emanating oriental energy and philosophical thought. The latest series of work by Li Chen uses dense ink clouds to create a native language, where lines are transformed into images of rocks and characters, endowing them with a natural and spontaneous shape, that is unique, eccentric, and endlessly reproducible. Since 2011, when the series was realised, the artist’s works have undergone several changes in which the eccentric shapes are reminiscent of flying rocks, generating a dynamic tension of freehand abstraction. On display, are also the first ink paintings by Li Chen, as well as sketches of sculptures and cloud-shaped totem works, dating back to the 1980s and the 1990s, which reveal the artist’s evolution from formalism to the natural shapes with poetic contours. Intertwining the harmony of classic lines with the wild contours of the imagination, the artistic expression of Li Chen transcends Western shapes to give birth to a “native’ language.