"Blank-leaving", in Chinese ji-bai-dang-hei (“计白当黑”), is a very important and highly valued technique in Chinese painting. While the white space can be seen as invisibility and the black space as visibility, "Blank-leaving" is a practice of the representation from invisibility to visibility in the creation of Chinese painting. Hua Lin, a painter of Qing Dynasty, wrote in his book "The Secrets of Southern Lineage" (《南宗抉秘》):" Blankness is the whiteness of the paper. With respect to the sunny side of mountains, the flat surface of rocks, the vast expanse of water and sky...white space is employed to express the sky, water, cloud, road and daylight." In other words, though blankness is the texture of the paper, it embodies some kind of expressiveness in painting. White space is a complement to the subject matter, an integral part of the whole painting. The white space deliberately left can induce imagination and create splendid artistic state.
The exhibition theme is "Disguised Form-Ink Paintings’ Dimension". The exhibited works include categories of painting, video, calligraphy and photography etc., which are all new experiments of Chinese painting. Therefore, "whiteness" is taken as the key concept of this exhibition visual effect to echo the theme of disguised ink. Moreover, in order to represent the artistic conception of blankness and actuality, invisibility and visibility, we extract the most common patterns used in the mounting of Chinese painting such as circle, circular sector, rectangle into abstract symbols and apply them to manifest the exhibition theme on white paper by gliding and silk screen printing.