Grass Drama is an artwork by Julian Yi-Zhong Hou that spanned multiple exhibition spaces, publications, ephemera, and performances and centres around a gatefold double LP which includes Selected Works, a collection of previously unreleased audio works which have accompanied the artist's exhibition installations in the past 6 years. Grass Drama draws together a diverse set of influences including bedroom folk recordings, medieval composition sensibilities, timbres and textures from Chinese soap operas, soundscape, and midi orchestration.
Julian Yi-Zhong Hou
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. Grass Drama has been shown in parts at Malaspina Printmakers Society, Vancouver (2021), Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2020); Unit 17, Vancouver (2018); and in Charcuterie 4 (2018). 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 has previously released records alongside collaborator Michael Loncaric as the Stick.