We are thrilled to announce that the CCC’s XianRui 2011 show, Zheng Chongbin’s White Ink, is featured in Yishu magazine’s July/August 2011 issue. Yishu is a leading international publication focused on contemporary Chinese arts, and this is the first time that CCC and XianRui have been highlighted in the journal.
Zheng Chongbin is noted as a leader in the contemporary Chinese ink painting movement, and White Ink is a groundbreaking example of his leading the field in moving the tradition forward into a contemporary light.
Reflecting on this achievement, CCC interviewed Zheng Chongbin to gain insight on the impact of this new partnership.
CCC: What role do you think a program like Xian Rui, which features the work of innovative and under recognized artists of Chinese descent in America, provides in the global discourse on contemporary Chinese art?
ZCB: I think it expands the discourse beyond the context of Chinese art. Xianrui identifies the artist who is living in a world of placelessness, who is a critical link between the past and present time in their living reality, and with the medium which they chose to provoke.
CCC: It is a first time honor that CCC is featured in Yishu. How do you think grassroots institutions can contribute something unique to larger conversations led by publications like Yishu?
ZCB: I think the platform doesn’t depend on the status. The program really has to raise a critical voice in the contemporary culture and engage with the community locally and globally. Thinking big leads to the best potential. Xianrui will contribute to defining the area of contemporary art . It provides the opportunity to have dialogue with other institutions in the field, and it has tremendous impact upon the artists who participate in the program.
CCC: All XianRui artists are of Chinese descent, and work produced through collaboration with CCC speaks to a unique experience in America in an effort to address gaps in American understanding of Chinese Art. Does having institutional support change the context of the artwork?
ZCB: I think it institutional support absolutely has an effect. Artists that collaborate with CCC have the chance to challenge the narrowness of the system culturally and socially. It gives the artist a springboard for further artistic investigation.
鄭重賓：我認為此次舊金山中華文化中心與《藝術》雜誌的合作開拓和擴展了世界對於華人藝術的新思潮。 “鮮銳” 展覽系列肯定了那些處於文化邊緣的藝術家，並支持他們通過對於媒介的顛覆，化身為連接過去與現在重要的紐帶。