Travel Europe, My Memory
(original hand-embellished gicleé)
Location: Stairway landing
The Zhou brothers, Shan Zuo and Da Huang, leaders in China's
art renaissance, left their homeland in 1986 in order to
pursue an international career. Their gallery is a former
ballroom located in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood.
Here, the brothers paint and create simultaneously and
as a result, have become major figures in the international
contemporary art world. They have exhibited actively in
the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Their works, filled with Eastern
motifs and Western abstractions, are at the same time both
primitive and modern. Reds, blacks and whites in rich textures
are prominent in their works, while lines lead the viewer
through the surface of their paintings.
Gicleé comes from a French word for ‘spray
of ink.' A gicleé work uses state-of-the-art
computer technology to reproduce images via a high-resolution
inkjet printer. The hand embellishment adds dimension to
When asked about their work, Da Huang said, "When
we see an empty canvas, the image will become a New World.
But what kind of New World? We have only an excited feeling.
Our feeling is expressed on the canvas."