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Zhou Song

Solo Exhibition

30 Aug - 21 Sept, 2009

Today Art Museum (Beijing, China)


Huang Du

Zhong Song’s paintings - always eliciting a thrilling sense of shocking hysteria. This is because he uses unrestrained spatial creativity and precise, delicate visual expressions to create a form in which dreams and reality are intertwined with beauty and violence, constantly attracting viewers. In fact, Zhou Song's paintings have surreal aesthetics in form, but also surpass the narrative of realism in spirit. Each works seems to be the clairvoyance on the world’s nature through analysis of the objects’ connotative contradiction and antitheses parse. As a young contemporary artist, in the process of continuously constructing a personalized and new art style. Zhou Song has always maintained conscious and independent thinking; Not sticking and conforming to the existing style, furthering self-development, creating vivid paintings, and establishing a new ultra-figurative language.

Installation Views


Zhou Song’s Art In the work of Zhou Song (b. 1982), the technique of hyperrealism plays to more unnerving effect in series paintings such as his Dirty Flower (2006), or the ensuing Metamorphosis (2007-10). Each of these works evokes traditional tropes of Chinese brush painting with flower, tree blossom and butterfly motifs in graphic arrangements of spilled gutted fish entrails, blood any body parts painted with extreme realism. This is a knowing any ironic kind of ‘dirty realism’ insofar as the Chinese word ‘zang’ means ‘dirty’ as well as ’yin (solid) organ’ (heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, spleen).

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