Overview

I've been following the discourse of posthumanism and transhumanism with great interest, and I believe that painting has the ability to address these futurist ideas of our time on a very basic level, given its archaic physical nature, its slowness, material opacity, complex imprecision, and emotionality. 

 

— Ce Jian

Ce Jian's works deal with pictorial traditions and visual concepts that have their origins in cultural and art history and extend into today's digital image worlds. She is interested in questions of a technically transformed aesthetic and physicality, and discusses them in her carefully composed paintings with an expressive palette and spontaneous gestures, which serve as a counterbalance to her conceptual framework.

 

Her art revolves around the tension between rational constructions and their artificiality on one side and human experience, our perception and feeling, on the other. Ce Jian uses painting as a historically influenced manual medium in which both knowledge and emotions are encoded. Her interest in illusionism, camouflage and perspective – whether in a spatial construction, anamorphosis or stage design – stems from this. She plays with the double status of the physical and virtual presence of her paintings, which is why the exhibition space is also included in a fusion of reality and pictorial reality.

Biography

Born in Shandong, China in 1984 

Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

 

Education

 

2017

PhD, Art and Visual History, Humboldt Universität, Berlin, Germany

2009

MA, Art history, philosophy and East Asian art history, Humboldt Universität and Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2021

White Space, ‘Paradise’, Beijing, China

2019

Yell Space, ‘Words of Art, Ce Jian & Yuzheng Cheng’, Shanghai, China

2018

White Space, ‘Armada’, Beijing, China

  Zapbeijing, ‘On Paper 2’, Beijing, China
  Gallery SU:, ‘Bannermen’, Seoul, South Korea
2017 Whiteconcepts, ‘Transeuropa, Ce Jian & Yuzheng Cheng’, Berlin, Germany
 

Philine Cremer Gallery, ‘CAPTCHA’, Dusseldorf

2016 White Space, ‘The Grand Illusion’, Beijing, China
 

NON Berlin, ‘Elephant’, Berlin, Germany

2015 Philine Cremer Gallery, ‘Velum’, Dusseldorf

 

Group Exhibitions

 

2021

Designrepublic, ‘Parallel Universes - Parafacts and Parafiction’, Shanghai, China

 

Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu, China

 

Beijing Contemporary Art Expo, ‘Story’, Beijing, China

 

Lage Egal, ‘Sonderlage’, Berlin, Germany

2020

Surplus Space, ‘El Lissitzky's Rooms’, Wuhan, China

2019

White Space, ‘A White Space Odyssey’, Beijing, China

 

German Embassy, ‘Kunstraum Berlin’, Beijing, Germany

 

Galerie Liusa Wang, ‘Yellow Reflection’, Paris, France

2018

Qiao Space, ‘Art Patrons’, Shanghai, China

 

Fosun Foundation Collection, ‘A World in a Grain of Sand’, Sanya, China

 

La Chapelle de Clairefontaine, ‘Remixing Ground: Deconstructing Damage’, France

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