Opening Reception, Friday, March 18, 7:00 pm
The installation, Haven, is the culmination of Ed Pien's explorations in drawing and painting. While preserving the fantasmagorical quality of his two-dimensional work, installation allows him to go beyond his initial approach. Recently, he has made use of new technological elements to enrich the sounds and visuals in these environments. Haven, the second of his installations created with paper cutouts, is undoubtedly one of his most ambitious to date, both for its scale and its incursion into the world of media arts.
This impressive work consists of five interlocked structures of handcut paper, forming a sort of labyrinth that beckons viewers to enter. Along with its sophisticated sound system, the installation includes two videos, one of which projects real-time images of visitors. The iconography of Haven creates the ultimate refuge, a mirror of our own individuality.
Ed Pien was born in Taiwan in 1958 and he holds a Master's of Fine Arts from York University. He has exhibited in Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, and the United States. He teaches at the University of Toronto.
Ed Pien, Haven of Delight (Installation View), 2011.