Cui Jie‘s (b. 1983 Shanghai, China) painting evolves from her previous expressionist take on absurdities in contemporary China to the mediation between China’s Urbanism and personal aesthetics. Inspired by Orson Welles’ multi-perspective, she applies various layers of images—some realistic, some imaginary—on canvas. Each layer comprises sculptural impastos and is meticulously executed to represent the transformation of China’s Urbanscape through time and politics. Executed with calculated and deadpan brushwork and a warm and affective palette, Cui’s landscapes and interiors make comparative studies of cities as distinctive model/laboratories of China’s open-and-reform, which also visualizes a personal history that is informed by the aesthetic madness in one time and place, for instance, the architectural confusion of Bauhaus, Chinese propaganda, Soviet communist aesthetics. In other words, Cui Jie’s painting is a time capsule that re-imagines the past and the present.
Cui Jie graduated from China Academy of Art. She has been included in Phaidon Press’s publication Vitamin P3 as one of the leading painters nowadays. Her works have been included in many exhibitions, among many others, the upcoming “Past Skin”, MoMA PS1, New York, 2017; “The New Normal: Art and China in 2017”, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2017; “Hack Space”, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Amira Gad, chi K11 art museum, Shanghai and K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong, 2016; “A Beautiful Disorder”, CASS Sculpture Foundation, Chichester, 2016; “My Generation: Young Chinese Artists”, touring at Tampa Museum of Art and Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 2014; “1st CAFA·FUTURE: Sub-Phenomena”, curated by Xu Bing and Alexandra Munroe, CAFA Art Museum, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, 2012; “Face”, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, 2012; 4th Prague Biennale, 2009; “Poetic Realism: An Reinterpretation of Jiangnan – Contemporary Art from South China”, Centro de Arte Tomás y Valiente, Madrid, 2008; “Notes of Conception”, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2008.