Zhou Wendou also took inspiration from the past, specifically in older ways of thinking that remain deeply ingrained in Chinese culture. His “Diamond Dreams” installation, set in a dark room, is a reference to a Chinese saying: “Touch stone and turn it into gold.” Neon forms built around each stone bathe the rock face in blue, white, or red light and create an ethereal effect. However, the work explicitly highlights reality, what one might call the overarching theme of “You, I, Among us” itself. The stone isn’t gold, Zhou seems to be pointing out—it’s still just a stone.
“You, I, Among us” is on view at de Sarthe Gallery, Beijing, Dec. 18th, 2014 - Mar. 15th, 2015.
Installation view of Lin Jinging, Public Memory 2, 2013, courtesy of de Sarthe Gallery.
Installation views of “You, I, Among us” courtesy of de Sarthe Gallery.