FAY GOLD invites you to the opening of CAOMIN XIE’S exhibition “Black Lotus”
Thursday evening August 7th
from 6 to 8 pm at the Westside Cultural Arts Center
760 10th Street NW
Pleased to present the work of Caomin Xie:
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.
Caomin Xie, Mandala #36, 2014
Caomin Xie was born in Shanghai in 1974 and has been working in the US since 1999. From 1989 to 2000 he studied sculpture and painting at China Academy of Art and Savannah College of Art & Design. Xie holds a BFA in sculpture and an MFA in
2006 at Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery; Altered Traditions 2007 painting. He moved to Atlanta in 2003 and is currently a Professor of Visual Arts at Clayton State University.
Xie’s works have been widely exhibited nationally and internationally. His exhibitions include: The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, at Ethan Cohen Fine Arts in New York; Electronic Media Painting 2008 at Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art in China; solo exhibition Samsara at the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia in 2011; and Contemporary Expressionism at the San Diego Art Museum in 2013. Caomin is also the winner or the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia Working Artist Project Award 2010-2011. His paintings have been collected by Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah Telfair Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia and Hao Museum in Shanghai China.