ARTIST'S BOOKS

2020

Anchor

Ce Jian & Yuzheng Cheng

2019-20
designed by On Paper Studio, printed in Beijing
folded booklet format: 248.5 x 347 mm, poster format: 694 x 994 mm
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The Anchor project is an experiment that was conducted in collaboration with 20 international authors,
curators, and art historians. Each of them was assigned an artist who was completely unknown but for a
short CV and a digital artwork titled Anchor, and asked to write an interpretive text or comment about the work based only on information from the artist’s biography.

After the authors had written their contribution, it was revealed to them that all 10 male and 10 female artists of different nationalities and backgrounds were fake identities. The digital collage Anchor attached to the different CVs was specifically designed for this purpose – its motif is derived from the logo of the Berlin pub Ankerklause, located in the multicultural area of Kreuzberg, while the ‘anchor’ itself reflects the idea of moving and settling down, finding a new home or cultural roots.

The fictional concept aims to raise the question of how foreign artist identities are perceived by an
insider audience, when they are declared to be unknown, coming from various backgrounds and often
working as outsiders away from the established art scene. How does a CV affect the reception of an
artwork and the range of its readings? What must an acceptable artist CV look like today, when there is
so much talk about outsiders, minorities, and diversity in a globalized art world? How does the idea of a certain cultural or social background feed the ‘exotic’ image, regardless of the individual artwork?

By opting for a flashy, random collage with a pop post-internet look, we are referring to the fact that most artworks today are viewed as digital images, while at the same time raising the question whether digital media are erasing cultural differences through an accelerated migration of popular forms and tastes.

Ce Jian & Yuzheng Cheng

ARTIST'S BOOKSPAINTING

2017

Transeuropa

Ce Jian & Yuzheng Cheng

2017
published by A Book Edition, Berlin
120 p., 60 acrylic paintings on paper, softcover, 14.5 x 21 cm
ISBN 9783947295005

 

This partner project shows a succession of 60 copies of the EU map (status in 2014). It starts with a copy after an official map, done in acrylic on paper, after which the partners took turns at copying the map, working only after the previous version done by the other. Over the course of two months, the EU was gradually (accidentally, subconsciously) altered in the repetitive daily routine, until the political order in the map dissolved and became something else – just like the map is an abstraction of the world, the abstraction of the map is a painting.

 

ARTIST'S BOOKS

2015

K2

2015, edition of 15 books with 7 transparent sheets bound in 15 combinations, 29.7 x 21 cm

ARTIST'S BOOKSPAINTINGWORKS ON PAPER

2010

Marco Polo – A Travel Guide

2010, Ce Jian, Andrew James Art, Shanghai, 2010, 52 p., softcover, 21 x 14 cm

Artist’s book and exhibition catalog for the solo show Marco Polo – A Travel Guide at Andrew James Art in Shanghai, realized during an artist residency at JIA Shanghai in 2010.

The Marco Polo travel guide series is especially popular among German tourists and has become a symbol of their curiosity about foreign places and cultures. For my Shanghai project, I took this guidebook as a manual and strictly followed each sightseeing recommendation like a good tourist, while learning about my own country of origin through foreign eyes.
The photos and materials collected along the way resulted in a large number of paintings, drawings and collages, part of which were used to create this new Marco Polo guidebook – a fragmentary and ironic recount of my personal “Shanghai experience”.


CONTENTS

I. Bund
1. The Shanghai Club
2. Old Lady On the Bank
3. Custom House
4. Peace Hotel
5. Chaplin Was Here (1-2)
6. Bank of China
7. Shanghai Mansions

II. The Old Town
8. The Old Town
9. My Itinerary
10. Chinese Garden (1)
11. Chinese Garden (2)

III. French Concession
12. Tricolore
13. Sun Yatsen Lived Here
14. Arts and Crafts Museum
15. Morris Estate
16. Fuxing Park (1-3)

IV. Pudong
17. High Buildings
18. View From Above
19. Pudong As Seen From Cheng Huang Miao
20. View From the Pearl Tower
21. Skyline

V. Culture
I – Natural History
22. Where They Come From
23. How They Lived
24. How It Was (1)
25. How It Was (2)
26. New Species (2)
27. New Species (3)
28. Chinese Birds (1)
29. Chinese Birds (2)
30. Chinese Birds (3)

II – Culture and Habits
31. Family Life (1)
32. Family Life (2)
33. Their Galleries (ShanghART)
34. Their Galleries (M50)
35. Their Religion
36. Their Women

III – Cuisine
37. Their Food (1)
38. Their Food (2)
39. Their Food (3)
40. Their Food (4)
41. Dessert (1)
42. Dessert (2)

VI. General Advice for Travellers
43. Don’t Eat
44. Never Buy Bootlegs
45. Never Get Into a Taxi Without an Address
46. Never Underestimate the Traffic