Galerie Dumonteil (Shanghai) is pleased to present the solo exhibition “Phosphènes” by the young Chinese artist Nisky (born in Shanghai, 1989). It will be his 4th solo show after the previous ones in Shanghai in 2013, New York in 2014 and Paris in 2017.
From Futurism to African primitive art, Persian miniature and Chinese Shanshui, the work of Nisky fuses a variety of motifs and sources from different cultures. It is the amazing diversity of his knowledge, where East and West cleverly intertwine, that allows Nisky to be an exceptional painter. Influenced by Avant-garde musics from Germany, Nisky has recently developed a new artistic concept — “Metacollage”, which is foremost as an attempt to “surpass the limits of collage” and to form a “superior unit” between the matter of separate elements, through the reformulation of their grammar, in order to attain to a “complete fusion”. For this exhibition, he explored this artistic concept which consists in the reconstitution of a “syntactic structure” based on elements apparently without linking or even contradictory. The artist takes us along on a journey inside his labyrinthine stories, which far inside from getting us lost, help us uncover new “directions” for our reflexions. For this creative enterprise the artist opts for materials that are rich in contradictions and out of respect for these conflicts finds himself revisiting a number of traditions.
Trained Musician, Nisky uses his canvas as a composer would a soundboard, thus enabling a parallel between pictorial and musical creation. This exhibition is conceived as a music album built around a common tone and a narrative thread.