Merging eastern and western artistic philosophies, Ni Youyu examines the diverse cognition on the concept of universe, keeps sorting out his thoughts on time and space in his “Dust Painting” series. Fascinated by astronomy, Ni creates exact replicas of constellation and galaxy images by meticulously applying chalk powder on images he previously measured and grilled with the utmost precision. The artist then sprays glue several times in order to fixate each millimeter of dust on wood panels. This whole series can be deemed as deriving from Arte Povera movement and Marcel Duchamp’s idea of the readymade – the idea that such a mundane and “cheap” material as chalk powder can be transformed into a precious object of value. The title of this series alludes not just to his powdery medium but also to his belief that “the universe is dust”, anything inside of which is an unstable and ephemeral micro like dust.