Fashion City by Nan Xi, 2008, ink on pape / ink not ink exhibit
Nan Xi composes his art using fading ink dots -- similar to a faxed or newspaper photo with many round dots -- and the techniques of broken-ink, accumulate-ink, stained-ink, and washed-ink.
He has "created a metaphor-featured painting mystery close to history and reality. The intention and value of the original images has been doubtlessly disrupted to a large extent and provoked brand-new reflection and questions. Therefore, his recent works always give people various thoughts -- it is certainly not easy to achieve."
"Nan Xi brought us great inspirations. Under the circumstances of
digital age, when somebody considers the wash and ink media
insignificant and no longer coordinated with the colorful and volatile
new life, and have to develop towards abstract ink and wash, he has not
only persisted in seeking the new possibilities for this traditional
media, but also creatively endowed it with new cultural attributes and
mode of expression."
~ Lu Hong writing about the works of Nan Xi