Conversations in Contemporary Art Presents Ed Pien
For his upcoming CICA lecture, artist Ed Pien will be discussing the work-in-progress titled Present: Past-Future.
The work contemplates the notion of time and unfolds over time. Through the process of interviewing and conversing with elders living in the St. Augustine, located in the outskirts of Havana, ideas ranging from memory, hope, regrets, faith, trust, to meanings of past, present and future are foregrounded.
It is hoped that these elders will participate in an ongoing dialogue with me well beyond the actual presentation date of this work, next May. By spending time together over the course of many visits, familiarity and trust become vital elements in these invaluable exchanges; allowing our work to continually expand and deepen.
Over time, do narratives stay consistent and what happens when memory falters?
I research the convergence of history, beliefs and mythology from different cultures in an attempt to make more engaging and critical art. My intention is to celebrate curiosity, wonder and enchantment, as well as diverse ways of being in the world.
In my drawing-based works, images of strange and hybridized figures defy quick or simple reading, and have recently become more dense and complex. The use of installation allows me to combine powerful elements of drawing, video and sound to achieve seductive and evocative environments.
Through my art, I aim to open up spaces for critical enquires and facilitate engaged perceptual experiences to take place. Ultimately my work celebrates the tangible and intangible, the real and the imagined as well as the potential for transformation.
Ed Pien has shown work at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Goethe Institute, Berlin; the Art Gallery of Ontario; the Musée des beaux arts and Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montreal; Songzhuang Art Centre, Beijing, and the National Art Gallery of Canada. He recently participated in Oh Canada, at MASS MoCA, the 18th Edition of the Sydney Biennale as well as the 5th Edition of the Moscow Biennale.
Pien teaches part-time at the University of Toronto. He is represented by Birch Contemporary in Toronto, Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain in Montreal and Galerie Maurits van de Laar, in The Hague.
Admission for all Conversations in Contemporary Art events is FREE and open to the general public. Seating is first come, first serve. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
The lectures will be held in English.
Tous les événements du programme Conversation in Contemporary Art sont gratuits et ouverts au public. Les sièges sont assignés selon le principe du premier arrivé, premier servi. Les portes ouvrent à 17h30.
Les conférences se dérouleront en anglais.