Zhan Chong

is a Chinese painter.

‘I’d like that my paintings look like descriptions at a distance. Yet a very short distance. I hope that the distance, as it were, is only 5 centimeters away from the reality, sometimes even ignorable. It must be intimately connected with my working method, becoming a kind of record and extension of my action status, a part of a series of actions. It is not only the picture itself that evokes imagination; the recorded actions also produce some imaginations, and might at last form some meaningful expressions.

Therefore, the selection and the set-up of the painting objects mean a lot to me. I am not inclined to combine (for example) a cup with an imagined spaceship, which is easy in painting, or to characterize a weird thing which seems nonexistent in the world. For now, more often than not, I find some things in the plain reality, and connect them with this cup in a certain real scene, or extract some elements out of them to formulate some logic, no matter this logic belongs to the reality or to the painting. The attraction is not that they don’t exist in the reality; they present themselves through some potential connections, keeping a little bit distance from the normal life we experience. This distance is controllable because the selected things are ordinary.’

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Hello, I'm Carolin. I'm a designer. I love space travel, smooth beats, simplicity, Vienna and Star Wars. I've studied visual communication at Offenbach Academy of Art and Design and arts management at Freie Universität Berlin. Say hi on instagram @artf_cksme

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