Xiao Se Capitalist Economy

Xiao Se
Xiao illustrates an instinctive reality with delicate brushstrokes: a lama (i.e., Tibetan Buddhist monk) lends the frail Christ a hand in darkness; a Chinese madam weighs a heart with steelyard beside a Catholic pope; a lean, half-naked Asian man attends the “sacrament” (a marriage ring is missing, however) in A Goldsmith in His Shop (c.1449) by Petrus Christus.
Compared to the Mannerist artists, Xiao does not strive for fabricating a sophisticated elegance. He almost avoids the use of chiaroscuro. Besides, he minimizes the effect of ambient color on the appearance of every subject. The bizarre spatiotemporal relationship between the subjects is created by the artist’s emphasis on rigid outlines and local colors.
The light-pinkish flesh strikingly differs from the well-crafted clothing and accessories, and a somber background. By depicting the corporeal, Xiao conveys the elusive and complex nature. Humans can surrender at the feet of a spiritual master or dogmas of a material world. Can the ritual of shaving head salvage a lost soul from the sea of fetishism? How can a person get along with streams of desires like a fish?