It was a short but eventful trip to Calgary, between setting up for the Pretty Boys, You Owe Me exhibition at The New Gallery and an artist talk and studio visits at the University of Calgary. The exhibition was a successful collaborative effort between the gallery, the other artist, Stacy Lundeen, and myself. We were chosen to be in a two-person exhibition by the curatorial committee of The New Gallery. I think it worked out pretty well since people at the opening were asking how long we have been collaborating for. The opening was on a Friday night, so it had been 2 days since we started working together, to hang the show. Both of our works had been finished independently so it was fun to see it play off each other in the space.
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.
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 (Chimera) was chosen for the front cover of the newest issue of Ricepapermagazine. 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.
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.
Tomorrow is the opening night for my solo show, Of Myth and Men. Everything is hung, the paintings are lit…the work is ready to be seen. Finally! After four years of research, planning, and lots of work, I’m ready to show my paintings and am very excited for people’s reactions.
The calm before the storm…I dropped off my paintings at Initial Gallery this Sunday. Later that night, I was woken up by an extremely boisterous thunderstorm. I pictured the clouds in my paintings, with a storm looming overhead and took that as a good omen. The sound of the thunder was so loud, it was both a little frightening but also very exciting. Kind of like how I feel about the upcoming opening! It’s a bit scary to release these paintings out into the world. There is something very personal about revealing your artwork to the public, not unlike revealing something intimate about yourself to strangers, especially when you don’t know what the reaction will be. But it’s also very exciting at the same time.
This past week has seen plenty of buzz already for the exhibition, with lots of attention in the local press. Here are some of the highlights:
Inside Vancouver’s Shawn Conner writes, “Roselina Hung’s exhibit at Initial Gallery will strike a chord with people who like their art with a pop-art, postmodern sensibility.” Read more here.
The Georgia Straight’s Janet Smith writes, “We can’t wait to see rising Vancouver painter Roselina Hung’s Of Myth and Men show at the Initial Gallery, a whimsical, colour-soaked blend of art and personal history”. Read more here.
The Vancouver Sun and Vancouver Courier have both chosen my exhibition as a must-see this week:
WestEnder Vancouver’s Kelsey Klassen does a Q&A with me about my paintings and exhibition. You can read the full interview here.
If you are in Vancouver, I hope you will join me tomorrow night at the opening. I will also be taking part in this weekend’s South Granville Art Walk, giving an artist talk at Initial Gallery at 2 PM this Saturday. Hope to see you all there.