Negative spaces – or things that are caught between presence and absence – are often overlooked when it comes to Chinese paintings. Yet, they are fundamental to the Chinese philosophy and have always been a major part of the artistic ethos. They play the important role of an amplifier, accentuating the works such that abstractions and emotions that are conveyed through these spaces are enhanced by means of absence, rather than presence. The very absence creates rhythm and balance, it is not a negation but rather, it defines and it elucidates.
The language of negative space is a universal one. Negative spaces are not simply vacant of content, but rather, they are their own content and they embody multiple meanings. It is a blank canvas for viewers to impose and to project their preconceived ideas and bring their subjectivity to the painting so that an evolving dialogue occurs between the work and the audience. Indeed, the nature of negative space is personal but with a kind of universality that allows viewers to partake in the spiritual experience.
That which is unpainted gives meaning to the painted. If the multitudes of the artworks could be weaved and summed up into a single idea, then it would be that of introspection. This group exhibition will feature works from the 6 artists (Du Xue, Lynn Lim, Zhang Wen, Xu Jing Wen, Zhao Xiao Hai and Zheng Yuan Wu) selected for their interpretation of the concept of absence and their philosophies on negative space.
19 April 2019, 5.30pm – 8:30pm
17 – 28 April 2019,
10:30am – 8:00pm
ION Art Gallery
Level 4 ION Orchard Singapore 238801