The Way We Were is officially open to the public, and the exhibition is already getting press attention. The show got a mention in The Province newspaper as one of today’s “things to do today”. Hans Ongsansoy of The Province writes:
An underrated gallery hosts an underrated exhibit, this one by UBC graduate Chinese-Canadian artist Roselina Hung. Her bright, intense, pop-flavoured oil paintings play off the exhibit’s title: The subjects of the pieces evoke a certain nostalgia. But the interesting part is that it’s a false nostalgia, meant to comment on how the past can be skewed and fed to you as false memories through the power of mass media. Maybe that’s why the piece Summer Romance 4 looks like a scene where Johnny Depp is making out with Marilyn Monroe. It never could have happened but, if presented to you with just the right touch of persuasion (in a slickly produced commercial, let’s say), you might be convinced to maybe wish it did.
I have also updated my website as there are quite a few new paintings in this show, and you can see them on my website here.
Lastly, while we were setting up yesterday, I took the liberty of taking some photos of the space. I know that not everyone will be able to make it to the show in Vancouver, so I wanted to show what the space looks like and the different scales of work in this exhibition. This is a bit of a tongue-in-cheek video of the exhibition. You’ll need to have your speakers on for this one, as the music and lyrics does a surprisingly good job at summing up the exhibition and my artist statement. Thanks Babs!