|Rockford Art Museum presents: 'Zhou Brothers: New Beginning'|
Rockford Art Museum presents 'Zhou
Brothers: New Beginning,' showcasing the work of acclaimed Chinese artists, the Zhou Brothers, April 4 through June 29. The exhibition of sculptures and paintings is their first since a highly celebrated retrospective at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing, in fall 2007.
The Zhou Brothers, Shan Zuo and DaHuang, are two of the most accomplished contemporary Chinese artists working today. Renowned for their unique work process, the Zhou Brothers (pronounced "Joe") collaborate on their paintings, performances, sculptures and prints, often communicating without words in a so-called dream dialogue, much like a theatrical presentation. Their thinking, aesthetic, and creativity are a blend of Eastern and Western philosophy, art and literature that formed their development since early childhood. The Zhou Brothers have achieved international acclaim since their immigration to the U.S. more than 20 years ago, and are regarded as national treasures in their native China. They currently reside in Chicago.
Work executed from 1990-2000 will be in displayed in Rockford Art Museum's Funderburg Gallery. Paintings have a freer brushwork and are more expressionistic in nature. The selection will also include monumental wood sculptures. The Zhou Brothers' most noteworthy painting, 'A New Beginning,' will be showcased in Funderburg Gallery. This vast canvas, measuring 10 x 26 feet, was painted in 2000 at the gala opening of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. On the stage and under the glare of footlights, the Zhou Brothers gave a live painting performance that resulted in this masterful work. In addition to the original canvas, a large video projection of the creation of 'A New Beginning' will be displayed on an adjacent wall. The energy and strength of their abstract work culminates in this extraordinary project.
Selections from the series 'Open My Door,' a grouping of diptych paintings, will be displayed in Kuller Gallery. The work shows an amazing sensitivity to materials, combining such disparate materials as lead and silk. Paintings are delicate distillations that are strikingly modern yet retain primitive undertones. Duality on many levels is evident in the play of radically different textures, light and dark and earth tones juxtaposed against gauzy pastel hues. As is apparent in earlier paintings, a spiritual resonance permeates the surface of every canvas in the series. One can't help but wonder what the next "new beginning" will be for the Zhou Brothers.
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