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White Space Beijing

Exhibition Detail
255 Cao Changdi, Airport Service Road
Chaoyang District
100015 Beijing

December 15th, 2012 - February 24th, 2013
December 15th, 2012 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Painted Lady, Jian CeJian Ce, Painted Lady,
2012, Acrylic on canvas
© Courtesy of the artist & WHITE SPACE BEIJING
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简策1984年出生于中国山东,1988年移居德国。2008年就读柏林艺术大学美术系,Georg Baselitz,

Daniel Richter 和 Robert Lucander班级,大师生毕业;2003-2009年,柏林洪堡大学和柏林自由大学硕士毕业;2006-2007年,就读于伦敦大学金匠学院。现工作生活于柏林与北京。


"SMILE WITHOUT A FACE" is Jian Ce's second solo exhibition at WHITE SPACE BEIJING, featuring her latest works.

For Jian Ce, a young painter, the question of how a painting can reveal itself has become a primary concern. She chose to backtrack to the core of painting and to trace the connection between the established paradigms of pictorial history in order to find the "legitimacy" of her current individual practice. For she believes that painting, as a traditional media of historical dimension, offers her more response and feedback, on the part of the latecomers, to their predecessors' pictorial experience than pure and isolated linguistic copies.

In her recent works, the pictorial tradition is no longer the chronology of art history but a synchronical superposition of forms and ideas. In practical terms, she produces and reveals on the one hand "layers" on the plane canvas based on the difference between acrylic and oil paint, joining the graphic experience of the digital era with the search for modern pictorial forms. On the other hand she highlights the mutual infiltration of ideas (textual) and visual (representational) exchange between painting, photography and modern design by means of analyzing, representing and formally reconstructing classic images as themes. Meanwhile, well aware that in a world flooded with images, she is merely one of a multitude of image producers, Jian Ce refers to the Cheshire Cat in Alice's Adventure in Wonderland to reveal the unreal virtuality of painting beyond any action.  

Jian Ce was born in 1984 in Shandong, moved to Germany in 1988. She studied Fine Arts at the Berlin University of the Arts with Georg Baselitz, Daniel Richter and Robert Lucander, and graduated as Meisterschüler in 2008. From 2003 to 2009, she studied at the Humboldt-Universität and Freie Universität Berlin, at Goldsmiths College from 2006 to 2007. Currently she lives and works in Berlin and Beijing.

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