Ed Pien

Noise Ghost and Other Stories
Nancy Campbell. With an introduction by Barbara Fischer

noiseghost.jpgspacerDefying curatorial and art-historical conventions that situate Inuit art outside the trajectory of contemporary art, Campbell offers a poignant and deeply resonant pairing of Inuit and Southern Canadian artists to imagine a different geography of cultural relationships. Organized around particular areas of artistic and formal interest, each pairing reveals common threads in both approach and subject matter in service of visual storytelling related to the present moment. This manifests as the recollection of historical and lived trauma in the work of Shuvinai Ashoona and Shary Boyle, and in the work of Ed Pien and Samonie Toonoo, as well as the visual experience of expansive landscapes in the work of Ohotaq Mikkigak and Jack Bush. Building from a trilogy of critically acclaimed exhibitions, this strikingly illustrated publication counters juxtapositions of ‘tribal object’ and modern art that are constructed in favour of the European and settler artists who acknowledged the influence and affinity, and even copied from, their native counterparts while discounting agency, individuality, and the pluralistic artistic idioms borne of the modern colonial legacy of the Other. Nancy Campbell is one of Canada’s most prolific contemporary art writers and independent curators whose positions have included Associate Curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario and editor of Inuit Art Quarterly.

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (02/2016) 60 pp 26 col. ill. 9 x 6.5 in hardcover   9780772706645   $15.00 Can. $17.00 U.S.

Ed Pien : Déliaison
Karl-Gilbert Murray
delaisonspacerUne publication qui accompagne une exposition des œuvres issues de la collection personnelle de l’artiste tel que Corridor, une installation de cordages et de dessins qui engage une réflexion sur le métissage culturel. Vouées à l’expérimentation, les œuvres de Ed Pien ont pour objectif de rendre explicite des procédés formels de déliaison de la surface picturale et spatiale afin d’établir des liens entre le « faire » artistique et le façonnement de l’identité culturelle. En français.

Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides (01/2011) 48 pp. ill coul. 21.5 x 21.5 souple  978-2-922477-23-8  $15.00  (12 euros)

Ed Pien : L'antre des délices / Haven of Delight
Eve-Lyne Beaudry, Stefano Catalini & Zoë Chan

Pien.gifspacerQue ce soit à travers ses dessins, ses papiers découpés ou ses installations, Ed Pien réussit depuis plus de vingt-cinq ans à élaborer un langage fantasmagorique singulier. Abondamment illustrée, cette publication comprend trois essais originaux. Un premier texte met de l’avant les différents volets présentés à l’intérieur de l’exposition L’antre des délices - le dessin, la découpe de papier et l’installation - en soulignant l’importance de chacun au sein de la pratique de l’artiste. Un deuxième texte s’intéresse à l’œuvre Haven tout en s’attardant à l’importance du médium installatif qui est déterminant dans la démarche de l’artiste. Un troisième texte se consacre au volet graphique de l’artiste, qui est au centre de ses recherches artistiques depuis le début de sa pratique. Une coproduction avec le Bellevue Arts Museum (Bellevue, Washington). En français et anglais.

For over twenty five years Ed Pien has developed a fantastic pictorial language with his drawings, paper cut-outs and installations. This abundantly illustrated publication documents two exhibitions, one in Canada and one in the United States, featuring new work. Two essays explore each of the exhibitions while a third outlines the fundamental importance of drawing in all Pien's work from the beginning of his career. Ed Pien has exhibited nationally and internationally including the Drawing Centre (New York), Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), The Contemporary Art Museum (Monterrey, Mexico), and The Goethe Institute (Berlin). Published with the Bellevue Art Museum, Washington. In English and French.

Musée d'art de Joliette (01/2010) 120 pp 50 ill. coul. 23 x 18 cm souple/softcover 978-2-921801-43-0 $30.00 Can. $35.00 U.S. (24 euros)

Ed Pien: In a Realm of Others

Gordon Hatt, Tila Kellman & Linda Jansma

Ed Pien's integration of drawing into an installation format has created a new vocabulary for this elemental medium. His exuberant drawing style with images drawn from both Chinese and European sources has given new life to a traditionally formal endeavor. Here he explores the world of ghosts with drawings, dramatic lighting, projections, soundscapes and the videotaped telling of actual encounters. While Pien's work calls up any number of mythic, ritualistic and actual journeys and while his images evoke violence, suffering and deprivation, the visitor walks away from the multi-sensorial experience feeling uplifted and elated. Ed Pien has exhibited widely, notably at The Drawing Center (New York), Overslag and Eindhoven (Amsterdam), The Canadian Cultural Centre (Paris) and the Middlesbrough Art Gallery (England). Co-published with Cambridge Galleries.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery / Robert McLaughlin Gallery (01/2006) 96 pp 30 col. ill. 9 x 6 in softcover 1-894699-32-7 $20.00 Can./U.S. (16 euros)

Ed Pien
Robin Laurence

The first major publication on the work of this singular artist. Ed Pein's drawings are immensely engaging because they are nourished by rich cultural traditions and because they literally pull the viewer in. References to Chinese and Italian manuscripts are striking and Pein's concern with life, death and life after death register an acute cultural hybridity. In the West we are most familiar with Dante's Inferno but the depiction of suffering and of the desire for ascendancy of the spirit is equally prevalent in Chinese Buddhist art. Pein's creations, with their circularity and repetition are at once ceremonial and playful and themselves hang between Eastern and Western traditions. Born in Taiwan, Ed Pein lived in Vancouver before moving to Toronto. He has exhibited at the Canadian Cultural Centre (Paris), the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, La Biennale de Montréal 2000 and The Drawing Centre and the Asian American Arts Centre, both in New York. Co-published with Vancouver's Contemporary Art Gallery.

Kamloops Art Gallery (2001) 46 pp 10 col. ill. 10x6.5 in. hardcover 0--9207518-1-4  $20.00 Can./U.S.