ED PIEN at MOCCA (Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, 5040 Yonge) to January 13. 416-395-7430. Rating: NNNN
ed pien turns to hieronymus Bosch's Garden Of Earthly Delights as loose inspiration for his own divine Earthly Delights, a heady installation of larger-than-life human (and animal) figures cavorting and copulating on the lower level of MOCCA. Where Bosch's dark Renaissance vision is a parable of heaven and hell, Pien creates an earthly and earthy paradise filled with light and rainbow hues as well as an audio track of playground sounds.
His simple line drawings hang on crinkled sheets of glycine paper that have been carefully arranged into a maze-like structure. Viewers can peek through artfully devised holes, and those bold enough to crawl into small spaces are rewarded with an even more celebratory view.
The artist has left a box of glycine squares at the gallery's entrance for those who cannot resist touching the art, which is kind of silly, since it's impossible to move through the whole maze-like installation without moving aside at least one curtain-like sheet.
But overall, Earthly Delights offers pure pleasure.