Ce Jian, The Maker, 2011, oil, acrylic on canvas, 130x140 cm
The Chinese-German painter, Ce Jian was born in 1984 in China and grew up in (West-) Berlin as of the age of three. She took an interest in her own biography at an early age and in addition to Western art history, studied painting under Baseltz, Lucander and Daniel Richter.
The imagery Ce Jian uses is deeply set within the non-Chinese art history; it strolls through the centuries rich in quotations and with an unwieldy elegance, it touches on works of the last centuries: such as that of the Spanish royal court painter, Diego Velazquez, Edouard Monet, as well as Wassily Kandinsky. With her 27-years of age, Ce Jian rather dissects the theories of her well-known predecessors and expands on them: How did they comprehend the creation of pictorial spaces? How do figures act within a pictorial space and how does Ce Jian modernize the outdated image perception of modernism?
Ce Jian sees figures as a mere technical entities. She finds her portrait templates in androids and robot-like creatures. Faces are characterized with color fields and geometrical shapes. Lines connect eyes. The form that is created is of a mechanical nature, one which echoes the exact question of artificiality within the composition of a work.
Following her solo exhibitions at White Space Beijing / China, in Slovenia and the Confucius Institute in Berlin, we are proud to present our latest discovery, Ce Jian, with her fourth solo exhibition this year in the 'Salon' of the gallery.