18th Biennale of Sydney participant Ed Pien with Tanya Tagaq.
3-Minute Drawings: Spectacle of the Body (1998 to 2005) consists of a large grided panel approximately seventeen feet in length by ten feet in height. Made up of more than 200 images, the work mixes different series of quick drawings and groupings of enlarged images in a single wall installation. All the work makes reference to the body. One series is based on Chinese Hell scrolls and torture. In another, images of the monstrous and the grotesque are used as the basis to explore and invoke the normative anxiety we experience.
Ed Pien is a Canadian artist based in Toronto. He has been drawing for nearly 30 years. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, he immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of eleven.
The art of Ed Pien fully describes the embodied, multifaceted world of these demons, investigating what I read as a phenomenological manifestation of what Jacques Derrida termed hauntology. It is ironic how embodied and present they are— within their ethereality—in contrast to our increasing bodily and material obsolescence and sedation as mortals within virtuality and simulacra.