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"Gallerist is Not Here: Solo Show by Zhou Tiehai"
2004-10-29 until 2004-11-12
ShanghART Gallery will run an exhibition featuring works by Zhou Tiehai from October 29 to November 12 at two different venues. One is at the gallery near Park 97, and the other is the new warehouse exhibition venue along the Suzhou Creek. It is not easy to describe Zhou’s artworks in several words. Unlike his peers who faithfully follow their own exclusive symbols or landmarks, Zhou’s symbols varied, ranging from his camel series to fake cover series. Zhou ought to have stepped on a easy path if he follows these successful landmarks, but he did not. Like his profound personality, his works always bring a surprise to the public.
Honestly speaking, there is no close link among those different themed renderings, which proves that he is active in exploring Chinese culture and spirit from totally different angles. Like his “Female Movie Stars of the 1980s”, the beautiful faces are reminiscent of a systematized society, but on close inspection, viewers will find an earnest expectation of the future from their eyes. Zhou’s works are never exaggerated or overwhelmingly dominant. He didn’t state his position in his artworks, but the viewers are unwittingly be dragged back to those bygone days.
Zhou’s recent ink-wash series applied the advanced printing technique in depicting the masterpieces of traditional Chinese paintings. Traditional Chinese paintings are not easy to maintain in good condition due to the fragility of the rice-paper and the oxidation of ink and splash. But Zhou’s contemporary way of recreating these masterpieces secured the “tradition” fused with new meanings.
Zhou Tiehai, born in 1966, was awarded First Prize, Contemporary Chinese Art Award, (CCAA Association, Switzerland) in 1989, lives and works in Shanghai now.