Illustration // Tuesday, January 14, 2014
You Si, a Beijing artist, explores new possibilities of ink painting by using eyedroppers to deploy colors and ink onto a flat surface, a kind of Eastern Jackson Pollock. Chinese Art has a long history of ink painting, yet You Si is reinventing this centuries-old tradition by shifting his tools and technique. His works are bursting with dynamic forms, suggestive of flowers petals, cells, amoebas, jungles or supernovas. Titles include "The Passage Between Space and Time," "Evolving Garden" and "Wave in Outer Space," evoking a kind of psychedelic otherworld. He describes his paintings simply as "mental universes."