Friday Feb. 23rd, 7-10pm
Gallery hours: 2-5pm, Thurs - Sat. or by App't
ED PIEN: Pien was born in Taipei, Taiwan and immigrated as a child to Canada with his family. He holds a BFA from the University of Western Ontario and a MFA from York University, Toronto. Pien teaches part-time at the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Art and design.
Ed Pien draws on sources both Eastern and Western to create his work, including Asian ghost stories, hell scrolls, calligraphic traditions and the works of Hieronymus Bosch and Francisco Goya. Ed Pien creates sensual, drawing-based installations using ink and translucent paper like Earthly Delights in the collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The spectator is invited to walk into these floor-to-ceiling environments and approach the half-human, half-animal monsters within. In his most recent body of work, Ed Pien has replaced ink and gouache with an xacto knife in order to produce large-scale paper cuts. In the summer of 2004, Pien travelled to China to continue research on myths and legends found in Chinese folklore; he returned from the trip excited about a form of art that is centuries old in its tradition.
Pien has exhibited nationally and internationally including the Drawing Centre, New York; La Biennale de Montreal; W139, Amsterdam; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Middlesbrough Art Gallery, the UK; Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City; The Contemporary Art Museum in Monterrey, Mexico; the Goethe Institute, Berlin and Galerie Alexander Ochs, Berlin.
CONCURRENT ED PIEN EVENTS:
1. A solo exhibition at Offthemapgallery, Feb 10th - Mar 31st
Reception & Birthday Party, Friday feb. 23, 7-10pm.
416 642 2113
2. A solo exhibition at Canada House in London (UK)
Jan 26 - Mar 22
3. A talk at the Japanese Paper Place, organized by Nancy Jacobi.
Wed. March 7, 6:30 pm 8 pm.
4. A solo exhibition at the Koffler, (Toronto). Mar 8 - Apr. 29th
Opening and artist talk on March 8th. Recep: Mar 8, 7-9pm
416-636-1880 x 268