Liger, Liger, Burning Bright

Exhibition View – Of Myth and Men – Initial Gallery (photo: Byron Dauncey)
Exhibition View – Of Myth and Men – Initial Gallery (photo: Byron Dauncey)

My exhibition Of Myth and Men, at Initial Gallery, came down a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve now had the time to digest everything. Thank you to everyone who came out to see my solo show. The exhibition’s opening night and artist talk were both well attended, and there was a steady stream of traffic throughout the run of the show. It’s always interesting to hear what others think of my work, and on a few occasions, I met people at the gallery who talked to me about their experience of my work. One of the great things about showing at a gallery with high visibility is that the walk-in traffic varies so much from young to old, students to artists, locals to tourists. I found the ones who asked the hardest questions were often the youngest children! They weren’t inhibited by anything and would ask question after question, dissecting the work with their curious minds.

Exhibition view – Of Myth and Men – Initial Gallery (photo: Byron Chauncey)
Exhibition view – Of Myth and Men – Initial Gallery (photo: Byron Chauncey)

I spend months, if not years, creating a series of work in my studio, and I often feel anxious to get the work outside of the studio, so that it can be seen by people. While creating the art, it’s a very private and personal experience, as I’m in my quiet studio working alone, one on one with the painting. Putting it out in the public can be both nerve wracking and liberating. Once it’s out there, it’s out there to do its own thing. And it’s out there to be seen. And on this occasion, it was seen and chosen to be featured on the cover of the new summer issue of Ricepaper magazine.

Liger, Liger on the Fall 2014 issue of Ricepaper magazine
Liger, Liger on the Fall 2014 issue of Ricepaper magazine

Liger, Liger (Chimera) was chosen for the front cover of the newest issue of Ricepaper magazine. Ricepaper is a quarterly Canadian magazine which has showcased Asian Canadian literature, culture, and the arts since 1994. You can find Ricepaper in stores across Canada.

This issue is also available to purchase online here.

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Next up, I’m busy preparing for my two-person show in Calgary at The New Gallery this October. This will include an artist talk at the University of Calgary, and I will be in attendance for the opening night. I will post more details on this show soon.

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