FAY GOLD is pleased to present CAOMIN XIE’S exhibition “Black Lotus”
August 7th, 2014 – August 30th, 2014
Caomin Xie, Mandala #36, 2014
Mandala is a circular form that represents meditation meeting with mathematics. Mandala first appeared in Tantric Buddhism as a form of sand painting. In the making of Mandala, different colored sands are processed in metempsychosis like pictures changing in a kaleidoscope. It embodies the Buddhist concepts of creation, maintenance, destruction and emptiness. When we are confronting the stupendous creative and destructive powers of today’s technology, for Xie, Mandala is the greatest visual metaphor of our existence.
The representation of abstract faces in some of the works suggest the make-up used in the Bejing Opera to obliterate the faces of the players. They reflect the changing face of Chinese society after rapid radical economic reform after the 1980s.
The lotus is a symbol of eastern tradition which means enlightenment and transformation, this group of Black Lotus paintings express Xie’s positive hope that today’s world turmoil will have a peaceful resolution.