Xi’s solo exhibition is about to open at Triumph Art Space on Sept. 20th,
featuring his new creations in 2016, which will be accounting for nearly 60% of
the selection. This will also be the first time since his 2013 Intimate Alienation that Tu Xi’s works
have been shown on such a large scale.
to his earlier oeuvres, these latest pieces manifest higher proficiency in Tu
Xi’s use of the image and heavier subjectivity in his narratives, bringing the
discussion of relevant issues further forward. Tu Xi deliberately turns away
from the glut of pictorial elements—color, composition, shadow and light, mass,
stroke and texture, and seeks more depth in the spiritual expression by
reinventing landscapes with simplified, indiscriminate yet justifiable techniques
for his well-chosen subjects.
works may appear indifferent, but all his subjects have their references. For
instance, in Sail No.2, the
invalidity of the stranded boat on ice makes a mockery of the Utopian dream
common among the generation born around the beginning of the 80s. “The doubtful
attitude towards the future among the younger generation is an inevitable
result of our confusion and lack of happiness living in the modern times,” Tu
Xi said, “so much so that even if our vision was fulfilled, it would not be
necessarily what we had expected. The contemplation upon the meaning of life
has taken on a permanent importance despite its sentimentality, and this Don
Quixote tragic is being repeated in the form of paintings in the contemporary
The exhibition, lasting for nearly one month till Oct.16,
will greatly facilitate the viewer's understanding of Tu Xi's works.