Exhibition: 2004, January 9th to February 22th
Known for his drawings and large-scale installations, Ed Pien's work arises from the spaces between mythology and fairy-tales, fiction and fact. Though no specific references are being made, his work alludes to both contemporary and historical events in various cultures. The strange and hybridized figures that appear in his work metaphorically represent sites of difference and resistance. Through Pien's work, he attempts to create a visceral journey into the conscious and unconscious worlds of reality and make-believe in order to confront our collective fears and vulnerabilities.
Pien will present a new installation for PRÜSS & OCHS GALERIE BERLIN | BEIJING titled IMAGINARY BEINGS. The work consists of a labyrinth-like structure that contains a series of concentric pathways. Gallery visitors are invited to physically engage with the installation by having to enter into the actual work and negotiate a journey through it. On the large sheets of suspended paper, image of a dense forest of twisting branches emerge as shadows and intermingles with the more legible drawings on the surface layer. Upon further exploration viewers will discover small openings that allow a glimpse into layers of images and constructed paper structures beneath.
Ed Pien has a Master of Fine Arts degree from York University, Toronto. His has exhibited nationally and internationally in venues that include The Drawing Centre, New York; The New Paradise, Taipei; La Biennale de Montreal; W139, Amsterdam; The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; The Canadian Culture Centre, Paris; Middlesbrough Art Gallery, UK; Parkhaus, Berlin; Quartair, The Hague; and PRÜSS & OCHS BERLIN | BEIJING