Phosphorous Red Solo Exhibition: Ye Nan
These bold printed images contain a wide range of references including space travel and colonization, the principles of chemistry and physics, nationalism, politics and rock music. He succeeds in drawing together this potentially improbable material into an invigorating and highly-legible series of manifesto like declarations. Meanwhile, Ye Nan’s installation work for
Phosphorous Red proved literally all too explosive. The installation was almost complete. The walls of the viewing room had been lined in canvas, coated with phosphorous and the artist had almost completed his dramatic panoramic mural created by striking and drawing burning matches across the rough semi-flammable surface. At 1.54 AM on Saturday March 6th the work caught fire and the installation panels burnt out completely in just a few dramatic minutes of intense fire. The result is a blackened and destroyed room which may be viewed in the exhibition.
Ye Nan (born 1984 in Hangzhou) engages us directly with great, sometimes imponderable questions. Phosphorous Red is made up of a series of graphic prints alongside an installation work in which he has experimented with a technique of applying phosphorous liquid, like that used in the manufacture of matches, onto the hand-made paper.