Haven’t we met before?

Roselina Hung, Love Is Touching Souls, 18" x 24" (2013)
Roselina Hung, Love Is Touching Souls, 18″ x 24″ (2013)

Earlier this month, I had a few people at my studio visit comment on Love is Touching Souls. One woman had been at the Banff Centre in the 1960s and thought that perhaps the original photograph had been taken there. That was a possibility, as I knew the original photo was taken in the Rocky Mountains somewhere near Banff, but I wasn’t sure exactly where. I didn’t recognize the lamp posts though as being from the Banff Centre. It wasn’t until I was interviewed by Charlotte Phillips of the UAL Canada Office that the mystery was solved. She had been married in the exact spot where the photo had been taken!

It was the terrace of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. When I was in Banff, I could see the hotel in the distance, a castle-like building tucked away on the side of a mountain. A quick Google search and sure enough, it was taken on the hotel terrace (a popular wedding location). I believe it is Mount Rundle pictured behind the group. I think it is at least. I haven’t been able to find a photo online of the exact same view. But here are those lamp posts!

Image courtesy of Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel website.
Image courtesy of Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel website.

I tried to compare the mountain to some that I took from outside my studio at The Banff Centre, but I’m not sure if it’s the same mountain or not. I can’t tell which side of the mountain the Love is Touching Souls photo is taken from, and whether or not that would be the same view from The Banff Centre. I guess I will just have to do a bit more sleuthing or find out when I’m in Banff again, hopefully when the public art piece goes up on the town hall sometime next year.

Maybe the same mountain from a different view?
Maybe the same mountain from a different view?

Oh well…mystery almost solved. If anyone knows which mountain that is in the background, let me know!

Get Banff’d

Love Is Touching Souls Digital c-print 18 x 24" Edition of 10 + 2 APs Signed and numbered by artist Printed by The LAB for WAAP
Love Is Touching Souls
Digital c-print
18 x 24″
Edition of 10 + 2 APs
Signed and numbered by artist
Printed by The LAB for WAAP

This has been a long time coming! My print, Love Is Touching Souls, is being released as a limited edition digital c-print in partnership with Wil Aballe Art Projects (WAAP). The print launch is next Saturday, August 17th, and if you are in Vancouver, please drop by the WAAP gallery between 2 – 4 PM.

It was really exciting to see the development of this work, as it only existed as a digital file sitting on my computer for the longest time. When I first saw the test print, it was kind of surreal to see it as a tangible object in my hands after seeing it only on my monitor in a much smaller scale. I’m really happy to be releasing this image as a limited edition print with WAAP, which has just been named by Blouin ARTINFO Canada as one of eleven top emerging Canadian commercial galleries.

Roselina Hung, Love Is Touching Souls, 18" x 24" (2013)
Roselina Hung, Love Is Touching Souls, 18″ x 24″ (2013)

Love Is Touching Souls is a project that first started in 2011, inspired by my residency at The Banff Centre. Eventually it will be shown in Banff as a public art project, tentatively scheduled for 2015 – 2016. It’s fun to think that the tourists in the photograph are making their way back to Banff again some fifty years or so later.

For more information and to purchase an edition of the print, please contact Wil Aballe at WAAP.

Banff Redux 2014

Love is Touching Souls
Love is Touching Souls

I just received some exciting news!  In late 2011, I applied for a public art project in Banff and then kind of forgot about it as I hadn’t received any news from them after sending my application off. So you can imagine my surprise when I received an e-mail last week that my piece, Love Is Touching Souls, was selected and will be shown on the exterior wall of the Banff Town Hall, for 18 months for some time in 2014-2015. I’m very excited as I had such a great time at the Banff Centre in early 2011 on the What’s Love Got To Do With It residency, that it’s nice to be able to give something back to the town of Banff.

Exterior of Banff Town Hall where my work will be shown
Exterior of Banff Town Hall where my work will be shown

A reproduction of my piece will be shown on the exterior of the building at approximately 8 x 10 feet. This will be my first public art piece and I’m very excited to be a part of this and hope to be able to go for the unveiling next year.  It’s not until at least next year, but I wanted to share the news and I’ll post more updates as I receive them.


pretty boys kill me, limited edition of 50
pretty boys kill me, limited edition of 50

In other news, my pretty boys kill me artist books are now available for sale at Project Space in Vancouver.  They also have kept my The Way We Were postcard sets for sale, from their Art Market in December, so both of these are now available in their gallery/shop.

Fridays & Friends #8 – Nathan Lam Vuong

June is here, and it’s almost summer. Key word: almost. While we’re not fully there yet, weather-wise, in Vancouver, for this month’s Fridays and Friends, I’m looking down towards Los Angeles for a little sunshine. I’ve featured his socks and shoes on my blog before, so it was only a matter of time before you got to meet the artist and his work. So here is my dear friend and a fellow Love artist on the What’s Love Got To Do With It? residency I attended last year, Nathan Lam Vuong.


Nathan Lam Vuong - My Date Blew Me Off, Giclée Print, 17 x 11 in.

Roselina Hung: How did we first meet?

Nathan Lam Vuong: We met at the Banff Centre but I wouldn’t really remember how we started talking. You were my studio neighbour.

Nathan Lam Vuong - Mau Nhuom Ben Thuong Hai (Blood-Dyed Wharfs of Shanghai), Karaoke Video Projection Installation & Performance, Mixed-Media Sculpture

RH: Tell me a bit about yourself…

NLV: I was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi and grew up in Tampa, Florida.  After going to University of Miami, I stayed for a bit, but then moved out to Los Angeles almost 3 years ago to attend CalArts for my Master’s.

Nathan Lam Vuong - Pew-Peww!, comic stand-ups, & laser pointers, 5'4" tall

RH: Tell me about your work…

NLV: My work deals with a few subjects, from cultural identities, gender, longing, non-relationships, to dating and awkward situations. The pieces have existed as photographs, comic strips, watercolors, gouache, knittings (which I learned from Sarah Gotowka), film, videos, installs, and performances. So no set mediums really. I think an issue that comes up a lot is ideas about waiting for someone to come and all the thoughts that come with it. I tend to use lots of pastels so I feel like my art is a mix between Martha Stewart Living and Nickelodeon Jr. I’m really interested in adapting essences of television shows and cartoons I grew up with and grafting that onto notions of longing and relationships.

Nathan Lam Vuong - Post-Ironic, Issue #7 comic strip

RH: What are you currently working on?

NLV: I am currently working on gouache paintings of snapshots I took in Viet Nam of people traveling on motorbikes, which they refer to as Xe Ôm (Hugging Cars). This set of paintings will be in a show in two weeks at Abel Gutierrez’s Studio in Mid-City Los Angeles.

Nathan Lam Vuong - Xe Ôm, gouache on paper, 24 x 18 in.

RH: Where can people find your work?

NLV: I aints gots nos facebooks:

I Think I Thought I Saw You Try
c-print 30″ x 40″ portraits, knitting, transferred super 8 films

RH: Tell me one fun fact about yourself.

NLV: Last summer, I lost my voice playing Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and I wish I had the newer version with Mohawk Storm. We all loved yelling Storm Incantations…like, “Hail! Fill the sky with Rocks of Iceeee! Arctic Winds, aid my hands!!” But I lent my PS3 out to a friend, and he moved away, but he’ll be back sometime and I’ll have my gaming fest!

Thank you Nathan!  If you are in Los Angeles, you can see his paintings from June 8-9 in Cruising Affect: Peripheral Identifications, with Zoe Walsh, at Abel Gutierrez Studio, 1821 3rd Ave, LA, CA 90019.  Dates & times are listed here.

To view more of Nathan’s work, you can also visit his Tumblr blog.

Read past Fridays & Friends posts here.

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