Ed Pien

De Taiwanees Canadese kunstenaar Ed Pien (1958) geeft in zijn werk uiting aan diepe menselijke angsten. In zijn werk duiken bizarre fantasie wezens op; demonen, geesten en spoken die hij met verfijnde elegante penseelstreken op het papier zet. Hiermee sluit hij aan op de traditie in de Westerse en Aziatische kunst van het uitbeelden van de hel.

In zijn werk komen invloeden uit de westerse en oosterse beelcultuur samen. Na zijn opleiding in Toronto maakte Ed Pien veel reizen naar Azie om zijn roots te herontdekken. Tijdens een reis door China pikte hij de techniek van het snijden in papier op. Hiermee ging hij complexe voorstellingen maken van bomen en bossen, waarin menselijke figuren verborgen zijn. Hij maakt ook ruimtelijk installaties met grote vellen betekend en uitgesneden papier, waar je als toeschouwer doorheen kunt lopen.

Uit de installaties komen ook performances en video’s voort. In Shadow Play zie je de schaduw van Ed Pien op een scherm. Hij beweegt zich door een installatie van uitgesneden papier en een netwerk van touwen, dat transformeert door een dynamische belichting.

Een variant van de uitgesneden tekening zijn de blurred cut outs. Hierbij print Ed Pien foto’s van takken en bomen op papier en snijdt die weer gedeeltelijk uit. Hierdoor komt zijn handschrift het fotografische beeld weer binnen. Zeer recent experimenteert hij ook met aluminium waarin de voorstelling met een sterke waterstraal wordt gesneden. In de aluminium werken speelt Ed Pien met de schaal waarop hij de mensen, natuur en bouwwerken weergeeft. De werken worden iets van de wand geplaatst zodat er schaduwwerking ontstaat.

1958born in Taipei, Taiwan

education

1982Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada
1984Master of Fine Arts, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada
lives and works in Toronto, Canada

solo exhibitions

2013North-South Encounter, Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain, Montreal, Canada
2012VOLTA New York, Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain
2011Déliaison/Unbinding, Le Musée d’art contemporarain des Laurentides, Québec, CanadaMémento, Storey Gallery, Lancaster, the U.K.Haven of Delight, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Canada
2010Haven of Delight, (touring) Museum London, London, Ontario, CanadaThe Room, St Johns, Newfoundland, CanadaGalerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, The Netherlands

The Drawings of Ed Pien: The Haunting, Campus Gallery, Georgian College, Barrie

(Ontario, Canada).

Underwater (curated by Angela Kingston). Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, UK

Memento, Himalaya Art Gallery, 501 Contemporary, Chongqing, China

2009Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain, Montreal, CanadaNational touring exhibition of HAVENGaleria Nina Menocal Project Space, Mexico City

The Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, UK

(touring through the UK, China and Canada)

The Tree Museum, Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada

2008Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, The NetherlandsBirch Libralato, Toronto, CanadaUniversity of Palermo, Petralia ,Sottana, Sicily, Italy

Axe-néo-sept, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

Museé d’art de Joliette, Joliette, Quebec, Canada

Hot Art, Basel, Switzerland

2007Cornice Art Fair, Venice, ItalyBellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington, USACanada House, London, UK

Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

2006SPACE Gallery, London, UKGalerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, The NetherlandsBizart, Shanghai, China

Rodman Hall Art Gallery, St Catharines, ON, Canada

Centre d’art de Basse-Normandie, France

2005New Works, The Robert Birch Gallery, Toronto, ON, CanadaIn the Realm of Others, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, ON, CanadaEd Pien, Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain, Montréal, QC, Canada

Tracing Night, Museum of Contemporary Art, Monterrey, Mexico

Earthly Delights, Windsor Printmaker’s Forum, Windsor, ON, Canada

In a Realm of Others, The Robert McLaughlin Art Centre, Oshawa, ON, Canada

Strange Scene, Keyano College Art Gallery, Ft. McMurray, Canada

2004Earthly Delights, Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico CityEarthly Delights, Museo Ex-Convento del Carmen, Guadalajara, MexicoGalerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, The Netherlands

Imaginary Beings, Galerie Alexander Ochs, Berlin

Earthly Delights, Museo Arqueologico, Mazatlan, Mexico

Celestial Bodies, Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, Kingston, ON, Canada

Tracing Night, Sir Wilfred Grenfell Gallery, Corner Brook, NF, Canada

Tracing Night, St. Mary’s University Gallery, Halifax, NS, Canada

Ed Pien, Usine C, Montréal, QC, Canada

2003In a Realm of Others, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB, Canada
2002Ed Pien: Survey, Middlesbrough Art Gallery, Middlesbrough, UK
2001The Canadian Culture Centre, Paris, FranceMuseum of Contemporary Canadian Art, TorontoRobert Birch Gallery, Toronto, Canada

WALLY, Amsterdam

Miller/Block, Boston, USA

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Canada

Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, Canada

Truck, Calgary, Canada

2000De Overslag, EindhovenContemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, CanadaL’oeil de Poisson, Quebec, Canada

Gallery 101, Ottawa, Canada

L’Expression, Saint-Hyacinthe, Canada

1998Oboro, Montreal, CanadaThe Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
1997Artcite, Windsor, Canada
1996YYZ, Toronto, CanadaLangage Plus, Alma, Quebec, Canada
1995Struts Gallery, Sackville, CanadaAccess Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
1994Red Head Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1991Main/Access Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
1989Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1987Galerie Noctuelle, Montreal, CanadaAce Art, Winnipeg, Canada
1986Articule, Montreal, Canada
1983Gallery 76, Toronto, Canada

group exhibitions

2014Duo exhibition with Karin van Dam, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, NLAmsterdam Drawing, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Amsterdam, NLPapier 2014, Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain, Montreal, Canada
2013Suspended Gravity (with Karin van Dam), OV Gallery, Shanghai, ChinaPapier 2013, Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain, Montreal, Canada
2012SCOPE Miami, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Miami, Florida USAToronto International Art Fair,Galerie Pierre Francois Ouelette, Toronto, Ca.Contemporary Istanbul 2012,

Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Istanbul, TurkeySCOPE Basel,

Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Basel, SwitzerlandLiving – Being

, Song Zhuang Art Center, Beijing, China18th Bieniale of Sydney, Australia

Dimensions in Paper, University Hospital Leiden, The Netherlands

2011TWENTY, 20 years Galerie Maurits vd Laar, The Hague, The NetherlandsRefiguring Nature, Creative Space M50, Shanghai, ChinaBande, La Biennial du Lin, Portneuf, Quebec, Canada

Paper Doll, Owens Art Gallery, NB, Curator, Canada

Selected works, Gallery Stratford, ON, Canada

Recent works, Art Amsterdam, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Netherlands

Recent works, Papier 11 Montreal, Birch Libralato, Toronto

Bleed Drawings, Papier 11 Montreal, Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain,

Underwater, The Bluecoat, curator: Angela Kingston, Liverpool, U.K.

Art Rotterdam, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Underwater, Tullie House, Carlisle, U.K.

Shadow Play (DVD screening), The Victoria and Albert Museum, London. U.K

2010Scream, Justina M. Barnike Gallery, Toronto, CanadaIt is what it is, National Art Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
2009Museum of Arts & Design, New York, USASalon Du Dessin Contemporain, Paris, FranceGaleria Toni Tàpies, Barcelona, Spain

Fruehsorge Contemporary Drawings, Berlin, Germany

Ground, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Underwater, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne,

touring the UK

Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, B.C., Canada

2008Contemporary Istanbul, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Istanbul, Turkey The National Art Gallery, Enchanted Domain, Ottawa, CanadaCollyer Bristow Gallery, Contemporary Chinoiserie, LondonPulse Miami, Birch Libralato,

CODA Museum, Paper Biennial, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands

Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Walter Philips Art Gallery, Bureau de Change, Banff, Canada

Art Sutton, Solace, Quebec (2-person), Canada

Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2007Art Chicago, Chicago, USAWeatherspoon Art Museum, North Carolina, USAK. E. Nash University Art Gallery, Minneapolis Minnesota, USA

Begona Melone Gallery, Madrid, Spain

Galerie Alexander Ochs, Berlin, Germany

University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo, Canada,

Art Rotterdam, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2006e-Billboard Project, Toronto, CanadaThames Art Gallery, St Thomas, CanadaHart House, site-specific intervention, Toronto, Canada

Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Canada

The Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada

2005Drops, Room, RotterdamKunstRAI, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, AmsterdamSelected Drawings, Chicago Art Fair, USA
2004The Garden, Pinacoteca, Provinciale di Potenza, ItalyMoon Beings, Straal, Cinema de Balie, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsEarthly Delights, Musée des Beaux Arts, Montréal, QC, Canada

Imaginary Beings, Siemens Forum Bayern, Münich, Germany

Important Canadian Art, Zierhersmith, New York, USA

Just My Imagination, Art Lab & Museum London, London, ON, Canada

Normal, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT, Canada

Octo-boy, Maison de la culture Plateau Mont-Royal, Montréal, QC, Canada

2003Selected Works, Goethe Institut, Berlin, GermanyWater Gods Playing Tricks, Berlin Art Forum, Berlin, GermanyDrawings, Frankfurt Art Fair, Frankfurt, Germany

The Rest of the World, Neuffer Am Park, Pirmasens, Germany

Between Line and From, Art Gallery of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

The Last Judgement Project, Seattle Centre, curator Stefano Catalani, Seattle, USA

Metamorphosis, Maison de la culture Cote-des-Neiges, Montréal, QC, Canada

Liminal, Ryerson Art Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada

Imaginings, Mississauga Art Gallery, Mississauga, ON, Canada

Delight, Weewerk, Toronto, ON, Canada

Visions and Apparitions, Hart House, U of T, Toronto, ON, Canada

2002The Fountain, Parkhaus, Berlin, GermanyManifestation, Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain, Montréal, QC, CanadaThe Garden, Parc Citroën, curator Pernille Grane, Paris, France

Earthly Delights, The Montreal Biennial 2002, Montréal, QC, Canada

Tekeningen, Quartair, The Hague, The Netherlands

Liminal, Bishop’s University Art Gallery, Lennoxville, Canada

Play Tonic, ASpace, Toronto, ON, Canada

Grief Mopping, Neutral Ground, Regina, SK

Galerie Maurits van de Laar (with Karin van Dam), The Hague, The Netherlands

Paper Art, Stormarn Kulturstiftung, Bad Oldesloe, Germany

Liminal, M.A.I., Montréal, QC, Canada

2001Asian American Arts Centre, New York, USAMuseo de Arte y Diseno Contemporaneo, Costa RicaW139, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Open Space, Victoria (3 person), Canada

2000The Drawing Centre, New York, USALa Biennale de Montreal 2000, Montreal, CanadaGalerie Maurits van de Laar (with Dieter Mammel), The Hague, The Netherlands

Trans Hudson Gallery, New York, USA

The Red Head Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Reactor Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1999W139, Amsterdam (3 person), The NetherlandsARTIS, Den Bosch (3 person), The NetherlandsPaul Petro Art, Toronto, Canada

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

Glendon Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1997The New Paradise, Taipei (2 person), Taiwan
1996Artspace, New Haven, CT, Canada
1995Presentation House, Vancouver, CanadaOO Gallery, Halifax, Canada
1994Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
1993The Alternator Gallery, (3 person), Kelowna , Canada
1992The Red Head Gallery, (2 person), Toronto, Canada
1991The Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton, CanadaThe Red Head Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1990Agnes Etherington Gallery, Kingston, CanadaArtspace,(3 person), Peterborough, Canada
1988Embassy Cultural House, London, Canada
1987Oakville Galleries, (3 person), Oakville, Canada
1985Mercer Union, Toronto, CanadaArt Gallery of York University, Toronto, Canada
1984Galerie UQAM, Montreal, Canada
1981Trajectory Gallery, London, Canada