Chambers Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening on November 17 of Like Moths to a Flame: Recent Works by Ye Nan. This exhibition is a development of procedures first glimpsed in Phosphorous Red -- Ye Nan's first exhibition at Chambers in 2010. In the past two years, Ye Nan has developed a more in-depth understanding and application of red phosphorous as a particular artistic medium. His bold and highly innovative thinking and experimentation show no signs of stopping, but are ever more active, accentuating the playful and conceptual aspects of the work.
The title of the exhibition Like Moths to a Flame comes from Ye Nan's musings on the phenomenon of moths flying into flames. In scientific theory, the phenomenon is a result of the insect's built-in celestial navigation. Moths rely on their inherent compound eye structure to determine their direction in relation to moonlight. However, when an artificial light source appears, moths misidentify the artificial light as moonlight and fly towards it. A nearby artificial light is of course no celestial moon. Instinctively trying to maintain a constant angle with the light source, a moth flies around the light in a spiral trajectory, circle after circle, until it dies of exhaustion; or it flies into the flame.
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Ye Nan, Accidental Death on Wind Shield, 2012, Phosphorous, metal, acrylic, canvas, 74 3/4 x 90 1/2 in (190 x 230 cm); Courtesy of the artist & CHAMBERS FINE ART BEIJING.
More on Ye Nan (b. 1984, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province)
Education: Graduated from Total Art Studio, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China, 2006.
(Image on top: Ye Nan, Distant Water , 2012, Canvas, phosphorous, fire, metal, acrylic , 90 1/2 x 74 3/4 in; Courtesy of the artist & CHAMBERS FINE ART BEIJING.)