In 2004, Zhou Wenzhong shined out in winning the Gold Medal at He Xiangning Art Museum’s “Ideal of New Generation” award exhibition. Amongst other paintings pulsating with youthful energy, Zhou Wenzhong’s work showed maturity and composure beyond his age. Since this time, he has been like no other young artist around. He has actively made the most of every opportunity he’s had to push himself towards the cutting edge. Lonely yet tranquil in his studio, he has worked like a farmer with his plough, first cultivating his canvas, before finally bringing forth his obscure thoughts like flowers from darkness.
This exhibition includes work from the almost 10 year period he has now spent in Beijing. From photograph-like flickering ghosts, youths being forced into toilet pans, to corps being sawn up in the morning glow, viewers’ astigmatisms are instantly brought back into focus, only then to be thrown back into another cruel nightmare. Bright reds and yellows gush forth a ghastly sight from the darkness.
All sorts of Ice-cold steel pipes, machinery, and ropes create a sharp contrast with the softness of those bodies which are dissected with various tools. From this we can see the reflection of installation work done when he was younger and equally feel the pain and loss man can brutally be faced with. If work from the “Idealist’s Night” series may have concentrated more on metaphysical aspects, work from the “Garden Games” and “Morning Glow” series has shown more attention paid to the image itself. He has tried to let go of the influence of other work, aiming to find a uniquely personal style to tell his own original story – the plot of a Dali-like nightmare.
In all his work, Zhou Wenzhong is revealing a message: suffering perhaps contains an element of anger. In speech he often refers to ideologies, spiritual matters and beliefs; it seems he’s gradually moving further and further away from this life. He’s reminding us that apart from material goods, apart from the extremely concrete reality we live in, there is also something else that has always lain deep within our souls. We come to realize that in actual fact, the game he’s playing is a philosophical one.
2004 『少年心气』,中国新锐绘画奖获金奖 深圳何香凝美术馆
2006 『自我造局』群展 上海证大现代艺术馆
2005 『唯心主义的戏谑--周文中作品展』个展 北京环碧堂画廊
『底和浅的游戏』 北京大山子 3818库画廊
2003 『我们在一起』当代艺术展 北京今日美术馆
2002 『邀请外地民工参与中国美术馆举办萨尔瓦多达利绘画原作展活动』 北京
Biography of Zhou Wenzhong
1974 Born in Jiangsu Province
1997 Graduated from Nanjing Arts Institute
Now living and working in Beijing
2004 Gold Medal in the “Ideal of New Generation - Chinese New Generation Artist Award Exhibition”, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen
2005 Zhu Qi, “The Idealist’s Desperation - Zhou Wenzhong’s Painting”, in The Idealist Jocosity
2006 “The Self-Made Generation” group exhibition, Zhengda Modern Art Museum, Shanghai
”Beyond Experience - New China” group exhibition, Arario, Beijing
2005 ”Idealistic Jocosity - Solo Exhibition of Zhou Wenzhong”, Chinablue Gallery, Beijing
“Post 1970s Art”, Liu Haisu Fine Arts Museum, Shanghai
“The Game of Being Low and Shallow - The Rise of the Cartoon Generation”, 3818 Cool Gallery in Dashanzi, Beijing
2003 ”We Are Together” contemporary art exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing
2002 “Invitation of Peasant Workers to the National Art Museum of China for the Exhibition of Original Works by Salvador Dali”