Acrylic, marker on canvas
Dimensions: 34cm (H) x 48cm (W) / 13.4" (H) x 18.9" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
The CAPTCHA series takes the concept of the computer-generated, distorted alphanumerical codes that users have to decipher to prove that they are humans instead of bots as a basis for random abstraction. Pushing painting towards a vision test, they address the problem of a 'correct' reading both in the context of discerning human from computer vision and looking at abstract art. The CAPTCHA's algorithmic nature is opposed to an emotionally driven abstract painting, which tries to reflect the programmed image creation that looks arbitrary but is in truth determined by constructive rules. This inherent contradiction becomes the starting point for an abstract painting method that works in relation to computer graphics, while deliberately abstaining from using it.
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Ce Jian has always been drawn to the intersecting realms of technology, knowledge and visual experience, of artistic and non-artistic image production. Usually she begins with relatively concrete concepts and digests and transforms them through the process of painting, thereby allowing the rational idea and formal structure to collide with the spontaneous expressive potential of the material medium and her own hand. The productive tension between constructive principles and destructive fragmentation or gestures is a consistent trait of her work. While she ruminates on a given work concept she set herself and the issues surrounding it, she also explores painterly details as a space for free abstraction – and on this level, she raises fundamental questions regarding painting itself and its ontology.
Ce Jian was born in 1984 in Shandong Province, China and moved to Germany in 1988. She studied at Goldsmiths College, London from 2006-2007 and graduated in 2008 from the Berlin University of the Arts in the master class of Georg Baselitz, Daniel Richter and Robert Lucander. She also earned a Magister Artium degree in Art History from the Humboldt-Universität and Freie Unversität Berlin in 2009. She received a PhD in Art and Visual History from Humboldt-Universität of Berlin in 2017. Her recent solo exhibitions include Paradise, WHITE SPACE BEIJING, Beijing, China (2021); Words of Art, Yell Space, Shanghai, China (2019); Armada, WHITE SPACE BEIJING, Beijing, China (2018); Bannermen, Gallery SU, Seoul, Korea (2018); Transeuropa, Whiteconcepts, Berlin, Germany (2017); CAPTCHA, Galerie Philine Cremer, Dusseldorf, Germany (2017); The Grand Illusion, WHITE SPACE BEIJING, Beijing, China (2016); Elephant, NON Berlin, Berlin, Germany (2016). Recent group exhibitions include Sonderlage, Lage Egal, Berlin, Germany (2021); El Lisstzky's Rooms, Surplus Space, Wuhan, China (2020); A World in a Grain of Sand: Mapping Shapes and Sites for Social Deometries, Atlantis, Sanya, China (2018); Art Patrons, Qiao Space, Shanghai, China (2018); The Second Self, Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany (2017). She currently lives and works in Berlin and Beijing.
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