Ed Pien

Ad Infinitum

1999-2010
Ed Pien has produced daily automatic drawings for many years, allowing one day’s work to intuitively spawn the next. Using the still-wet ink of one drawing to create a monoprint, he takes the ghostly image that appears afterward – its inkblots, stains and drips – as his next point of departure. Here, the artist has collaged and reworked selections from a decade’s worth of work into an epic, kaleidoscopic composition that charts the topography of his mind. Including figures inspired by Taiwanese and Chinese folklore, this writhing nest of abstract forms melds human and mutant worlds, exploring primal fears and otherness, as well as the limits of the body and psyche.
Artist
Title
Ad Infinitum
Date
1999-2010
Medium
Drawing
Materials
collage, coloured ink, and white gouache on 126 sheets of wove paper
Dimensions
195 x 386.5 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2010
Accession number
43194