Elegance of Absence is an exhibition that explores the complex relationship of negative space in art. 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. Negative spaces convey meaning through the very lack of an image.
The image may be specific to context, but the language of negative space is a universal one. Negative spaces are not simply vacant of content, rather, they are their own content and they embody multiple meanings. The nature of negative space is personal one but with a kind of universality that allows viewers to partake in a shared spiritual experience.
They do not exist as empty vacuums, instead they create a space for the mystery, the unknown, and the hidden. In fact, these “empty” spaces are paradoxically full of life and energy. Indeed, that which is unpainted gives meaning to the painted. This group exhibition will feature works from the 6 artists (Zhao Xiao Hai, Zhang Wen, Zheng Yuan Wu, Du Xue, Xu Jing Wen and Lynn Lim) selected for their interpretation of the concept of absence and their philosophies on negative space.
Opening Reception: 19 April 2019, 5.30pm – 8:30pm
Venue: ION Art Gallery, Level 4 ION Orchard Singapore 238801
When: 17 - 28 Apr 2019, 10am - 10pm