Monday, October 6, 2008
Zhou Jinhua's work reminds me of traditional Chinese landscape scroll painting, albeit with a contemporary feel that has doubtless been informed by Western sources. He's a relatively young fart, too, having been born in '78 and exhibiting since '01.
Interestingly, a good number of his works involve figures on island forms in flooded or aquatic environments, as well as urban locales that echo aquatic forms (such as the "sea" of garbage in "Desire of Existence"). Whether this relates to "his concern about the public contradictions and other potential uncertainties" is unclear, but it certainly enhances the pessimistic messages that underly many of his paintings.
On Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artist/425402117/zhou-jinhua.html
On Soemo Fine Arts: http://soemo-fine-arts.com/artist?id=795
Also, on an unrelated note, here's some smoke art and photography.