One would characterize Sun Yu-li as the quintessential Renaissance man who has celebrated several years of success as a public sculptor. Yet while Sun Yu-li is widely recognized as a sculptor, States of Consciousness: Early Works of Sun Yu-li inaugurates the first of a series of exhibitions, highlighting his not so familiar medium on canvas and paper. The paintings contribute to chronicle and map his early artistic practice, reflecting the dawn into his complex, underlying theories and methodologies that embody his art.
Born in Nanjing, China (1948) and educated in Taiwan, architect-turned-artist Sun Yu-li has dedicated much of his early career in relentless pursuit of a “formal language of the metaphysical” which he has coined the “Universal Language”. Sun employs simple characters and images in his work to convey the experience of an epiphany of the origins of aesthetics and language. One thought is when early consciousness takes hold in young children, when drawings become the earliest development, and thus, such symbols become fundamental forms of human communication. This is then regarded as the universal system of primary expression.