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.
Next week, I will be in Calgary for the opening of my exhibition with Stacy Lundeen at The New Gallery. The show, titled Pretty Boys, You Owe Me, is a two-person show that includes works by both Stacy and me dealing with text, self-deprecation and lust. I feel like there is also a bit of humour running through both of our works…this will be my first two-person show and it’s kind of interesting, two artists working separately and then being shown alongside each other. A dialogue will take place between the works, no doubt, and perhaps one artist’s work will colour the reading of another’s, and vice versa, but I think this is a good thing. I’m looking forward to the hanging of this exhibition, as I think it will be a fun exercise in itself.
There’s a funny story about this series of drawings, pretty boys kill me. When I was first starting the work, I applied for a grant (I won’t name which one), and in my application I had stated that I wanted to show this body of work in some artist-run centres in Canada. Unfortunately, I didn’t receive the grant but when I called for feedback, the only quotes written down from the jury were, “I don’t like the work” and “No artist-run centre will ever show this work”. Not the most positive or helpful feedback, but it didn’t deter me from continuing with this project. And I’m happy to say that the series of drawings, which includes some new Phantasmagoria drawings, will be shown starting next Friday at the artist-run centre, The New Gallery.
This is the first time I will be showing in Calgary, which I’m excited about as I’ve heard good things about the art scene there and am looking forward to having a look around, but it’s also the first time that a body of my work has traveled for a show. The New Gallery has been great to work with. They also commission writers to write a text in conjunction with their exhibitions. Beauty and Repetition, by Karly Morimer, can be read on The New Gallery’s website.
Pretty Boys, You Owe Me opens October 17 at 8 pm at The New Gallery in Calgary. The show runs until November 15. If you are in Calgary, I hope to see you next Friday at the opening night.
I’ve been busy with my solo exhibition here in Vancouver, but I also have a little show coming up in Los Angeles this week.
I will be showing a new limited edition print from my pretty boys kill me series as part of a group exhibition in Los Angeles. Love is Dead (…and You Killed It) features over a dozen artists exploring romance in the digital age, looking at how we have turned to technology in our desire to connect with others.
The show is on for one night only, and I’ll be in attendance, so if you are in LA, come say hi! It will be held at:
Space Station Studios
950 North Cahuenga Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, June 26, 2014
7:30 – 10:30 pm
This limited edition print is also for sale. If you are interested, please contact me.
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.