The "Blank Effect" is a psychological theory that suggests leaving empty spaces in artworks so that viewers can use their imaginations to recreate and fill in the blanks when they appreciate these works. Like shots of scenery in feature-length films, or the silence of rests during performances of music pieces, or the white spaces deliberately placed in interior designs, these blank spaces provide a space for the viewer to think, thus invoking resonance by captivating the audience.
The "Blank Texture" exhibition can be regarded as a respite from and a reflection of modern day trends. The impact of rapid technological advancement on education is a double-edged sword. Because people have become accustomed to quickly browsing through and filtering information, the way they think and learn has gradually changed. Peaceful reflection is no longer a habit practiced by people in the modern age.
Paper is the foundation for canvases, schoolwork, and books. The content that can be crammed onto paper seems excessive now. When we relieve the load off the paper bit by bit, the paper returns to its light, thin, pure and clean form. Activate your natural senses and walk into a forest constructed from paper. Let your skin breathe in tandem with the pieces of paper, and rustle the paper leaves as you exhale. Try to touch, smell, and tease the sparse or dense piles of paper, and let the fibers stimulate your senses. Stroll through an endless paper forest on a ground covered with paper. Feel the natural warmth emanating from the paper and look up to see sunlight streaming through the paper canopy...... Like a baptism, the experience washes away excessive clutter. Only when the body and the soul have been cleansed, can it be possible for one to feel again.
This exhibition will also include a series of workshops. The workshops are designed to teach physical development and artistic creation, and nurture children's innate artistic talents through meditation, rhythm and movement classes, games, and large collaborative paintings. We hope to explore future modes of teaching through real-life experience and interaction, which outline a new interpretation of aesthetic appreciation and artistic expression.
A simple piece of paper can remind us to return to the starting point of creativity. This "paper" experience can activate all five of your senses and teach you about the interaction between paper mediums, as well as help you to express yourself with a tranquil mind.