Guan Xiao likens the process of painting to typing–a process of leaving indexical imprints through an accumulation of simple but critical acts. Ultimately, the accumulated gestures become legible to the viewer. The palettes are metaphors for reading, punctuated by the underlying structures that give cadence to each gesture.
Two prominent holes perforate the painted surface, functioning as anchors on the wood panel, exposing its object-hood. As neat as they are in their circular form, the voids rupture the logic of the surface, forcing the movement to be dynamically arranged around them. They become like piercing eyes peering out defiantly against the obedient universe of painting.
Guan Xiao in Art21
Sights #7 | Vanishingly Typing: GUAN XIAO