Chambers Fine Arts is pleased to announce the first showing in New York of Open My Door, the new series of works by the Zhou Brothers. In 1973 Shan Zuo and Da Huang, born respectively in 1952 and 1957 in Wuming (GuangxiProvince), painted their first collaborative work and since then all their work has been signed the Zhou Brothers. Born into a privileged and educated family, the brothers received a thorough training in calligraphy and brush painting. In addition to developing an understanding of classical forms of expression, the brothers were encouraged by their father to appreciate the prehistoric art of China as well as the living traditions of folk art. In 1986, after studies in Beijing and Shanghai which focused on oil painting, fresco painting and theatre, the brothers moved to Chicago where they have been living ever since.

Active as painters, print-makers, sculptors, and, on occasion, performance artists, the Zhou Brothers live and work in a vast studio that was formally a private club. It is where they relax but also where, in an unusual hermetic environment, they stimulate each other in the creation of a wide array of works in all media. As Christophe W. Mao has observed : "The Brothers left China before the more recent diaspora of Chinese artists and as is apparent from the scale and abandon of much of their best work of the last decade, they have not dwelt in the past."

A new refinement is apparent in the diptychs, half lead and half silk, of the Open My Door series which develop and intermingle themes from the work of the last thirty years. As described by Alexa Olesen : " the viewer is met with a culmination of several decades of cooperative exploration. Expressionism, sculpture, painting and classical Chinese idioms come together in a series of pieces that are both pleasing to the eye and challenging to the intellect."

*Catalogue Available

前波画廊荣幸地邀请到周氏兄弟在纽约举办他们的首次个展《开启我门:周氏兄弟》,展出他们的新作。周氏兄弟──山作和大荒──分别于1952年和1957年出生于中国南部的广西省。从1973年两人第一次合作至今,他们在每幅作品上都署名“周氏兄弟。”因为出生于书香门第,他们很早就接触到中国的传统文化,学习了中国的书法和绘画中对毛笔的使用。在父亲的鼓励下,他们的兴趣也扩展到中国的古代文物与民间艺术。自1986年起,他们在北京和上海学习油画,壁画和戏剧。周氏兄弟现居住于美国芝加哥。

作为画家,版画家,雕塑家,和行为艺术家,周氏兄弟生活和工作在宽阔的私人工作室中。这是他们休息的地方,同时也是一个封闭的环境。他们彼此激励着对方的创作灵感,使每人都达到了个人创作所不能达到的境界。茅为清观察到: “与大多数居住在海外的艺术家相比,周氏兄弟离开中国更早。他们作品的规模与风格也与在中国时创作的作品有所不同。”

《开启我门》系列的双连画外观优雅,一半是铅质,一半是丝质,包涵了兄弟二人过去三十年中创作的精华。Alexa Olesen在图录中写到:“观者将看到两人过去几十年合作的结晶。表现主义,雕塑,油画以及传统中国观念在这个系列里融合,视觉上美观,同时又在思想上富有挑战性。”

*前波画廊为此展览出版了展览图录

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