Currently on display at the Unviersity of QLD Art Musuem, as part of the group exhibition,‘Beijing Hao! Six Chinese photomedia artists’, Zhou Jun has a suite of his iconic and provocativecoloured urban landscapes. These black and white photographs, which have been manipulated with red colour are becoming an internationally recognised symbol of the rapid expansion and growth of contemporary China.
We are extremely fortunate to have accessed through Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, a suite of work which spans eight years. It is the first solo exhibition by Zhou Jun in Australia.
“Zhou Jun is moved by the immense swelling and expansion of Chinese cities, as well as the subversion and erosion of traditional architecture - representing Chinese culture and aestheticism - by modern industry and commerce. He uses photography to document these social phenomena and the cultural features specific to this historical period.
What sets his work apart from the rest is his use of black and white imagery and his use of red to colour certain areas of the image, specifically the scaffolding and framing in construction sites.
The red not only acts as a visual centrepiece but also provides the audience with a sense of emptiness and weightlessness. Together these characteristics act as a point of support for the viewer, impelling them to re-adjust their balance of perception and recognition.”