NON COLOR - Cai Xiaohua

Opening time:4pm, April 25, 2015
Duration: 2015.04.25 -- 2015.05.05
Location: 2nd floor exhibition hall of Building No.2, Today Art Museum

Exhibition Preface

Painting needs to be restarted. As western painting is evolving toward the monochromic crisis of black and white, we need to consider how to kick start the possibilities of painting again. Cai Xiaohua's works give us a light of hope. Colors have never been a present existence in the paint tubes. They are the effusion of life's energy and the power of the spirit, the separation of textures in colors and an invisible force of tension. Such effusion has to be generated by an artist time after time. 

The basic pattern of Cai Xiaohua's pictures is abstract monochromic. Yet such pattern has a metaphysical taste between the black and white. It follows the Taoist doctrine of Lao Zi and Zhuang Zi that "void allows for inspiration while fullness prevents creation." It awakes feelings toward colors such as cyan and beige that are part of Chinese tradition. They seem to be monochromic, yet the colors are not what they are. These are the false colors derived from the state of chaos. The feelings of the colors keep being nurtured and developed. They come with a blurred halo and suggest the omen and enlightenment of the world. The microcosmic power keeps effusing continuously as if innumerable dark matters are congregating in the picture. Yet they are self restrained and retain the emptiness and thinness of the surface itself. The blurred and chaotic micro particles grow into rich wrapped slurry colors that are very fascinating in the rise and falls, grandiose and solemn. 

Cai Xiaohua discovered the tragic nobleness that dissolves the abstract expressionism in the United States as existing between Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko. His colors are the splendidness in ordinariness as described in the Chinese tradition. This blurred color of wrapped slurry is a convergence of multiple timeliness. Both the layers of grain overlaid during the painting process and the breathing energy that incorporates a micro world in the inner space are a true breakthrough to the monochromic minimalistic painting!

Cai Xiaohua's works allow us to feel once again that the realm of these infinite false colors is the true celebration of a splendid inner world!


Xia Kejun


Cai Xiaohua