Ed Pien: Luminous Shadows


Ed Pien: Luminous Shadows


30 × 23 cm | 9 × 12 in
160 ills | 112 pages

Authors: Catherine de Zegher, Angela Kingston


Ed Pien: Luminous Shadows presents the work of Toronto-based artist Ed Pien, known for his drawing-based installations that immerse the viewer in a surreal, unique experience. Lavishly produced, the book is illustrated throughout with two screen-printed 16-page signatures on bespoke paper with Pien’s latest drawings and stunning installation photographs.

The book focuses on the eponymous exhibition curated by Catherine Elliot Shaw and presented at the McIntosh Gallery, Ontario, in late 2015, featuring two large-scale installations by the artist: Imaginary Dwelling, consisting of a makeshift townscape inside a tent with projected videos, mirrors and shadows; and Spectral Drawings, depicting ghostly figures rendered in white ink that float on walls with differing black gradations.

The installations explore ideas of fantasy and vision as shadows are illuminated on dark walls covered with his drawings, assembled as composite images of mysterious monster–human characters. The viewer's experience is both sensual and emotional as he or she interacts with dream-like environments that balance haunting beauty, play and a sense of unease.

Pien’s work draws upon a range of influences including Asian ghost stories, myths and legends, hell scrolls, calligraphy, Inuit art and the work of artists such as Francisco Goya. In this publication, the magical qualities of Pien’s work are captured alongside illustrated critical texts by Catherine de Zegher and Angela Kingston, providing a fascinating insight into his artistic practice and a broader understanding of the surrounding context.