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Grass Drama & Selected Works

Julian Yi-Zhong Hou
Second Spring
12 × 12 inches

Grass Drama is a ritual-based performance that spans multiple sites, temporalities, and formats. Centred around a 7-day THOTH tarot reading that took place through the winter solstice of 2017, the full length vinyl record LP explores layers of symbolism toward the production of new mythologies and manifestations. Grass Drama layers together bedroom folk recordings, medieval composition sensibilities, timbres and textures from Chinese soap operas, and midi orchestration. Previous iterations of Grass Drama have been shown in several exhibition spaces including the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Malaspina Printmakers Society (Vancouver), Unit 17 (Vancouver), Cassandra Cassandra (Toronto) and in the publication Charcuterie (Vancouver).

The record also includes a second LP of previous and related sound works made between 2014-2018 titled Selected Works. The record was produced by Ellis Sam, mastered by Jonathan Scherk, and pressed by PCR.

Julian Yi-Zhong Hou (b. 1980) is a multidisciplinary artist born in Edmonton, Alberta, Treaty 6 territory, and currently resides in Vernon, on the unceded land of the Syilx peoples of the Okanagan Nation. His work centres around contemporary mystical subjects including consciousness, divination ritual, practice, and research, and symbology. His work has been the focus of solo and group exhibitions at Zalucky Contemporary, Toronto; 8-eleven,Toronto; Artspeak, Vancouver; and the Vancouver Art Gallery. He recently completed Crossroads (2021), a large-scale stained glass public artwork in Burnaby, B.C.. Hou holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Culture Studies from Simon Fraser University and a Masters in Architecture from the University of British Columbia. He has held residencies at Triangle, Marseille; Western Front and 221A Vancouver, and in 2017 won the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Award for Emerging Visual Artist. He was long-listed for the Sobey Award in 2021. He is one of the founding members of the collaborative record label and project space Second Spring.

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