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Julian Hou, Bamboo blossoms, 2018, ink on dyed cotton jersey (detail)

installation views



13 October - 25 November 2018


How I know it, inside and out

How it’s come to know me and itself.

How it’s come to know me by the cuts,

that have angles that are basic and just


Bamboo is in full blossom

as the river toys with the future.


I want it to see and believe me

that my memory has left me to be

the sliver of glass on its lips


The remedies it made me up

shift into flies and blooms


I’m staying in the feeling.

I’ve stayed in the feeling too long.


Julian Hou (b. 1980) is an artist living as a guest on unceded Coast Salish territories (Vancouver). His practice primarily involves the development of audio fictions that integrate music with spoken language, handmade costume and printed clothing, as well as pattern-based digital collages rooted in drawing and design. In 2019 Hou will be releasing an album of audio works. He has recently held solo exhibitions at, Montreal (2018), Artspeak, Vancouver (2017); 8eleven, Toronto (2017); L'escalier, Montreal (2015); CSA space, Vancouver (2014). He has participated in group exhibitions and performances at the Vancouver Art Gallery (2016-2017); Things that can happen, Hong Kong (2017); Damien and the Love Guru, Brussels (2017); Kamias Triennale, Manila (2017); Spareroom, Vancouver (2017), 221a @ Occidental Temporary, Paris (2016) and Simon Fraser University’s Audain Gallery, Vancouver (2015). He was a curatorial resident (2014) and production resident (2017) at 221a. In 2017, Hou received the Emerging Artist City of Vancouver Mayor's Arts Award for Visual Arts and is currently in residence at the Western Front, Vancouver.

Hou would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council for their support towards this project.

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