Julian Yi-Zhong Hou, Nearly touching the promise, 2024. Mahjong tiles, football, metal chains, obsidian obelisk.

Nearly touching the promise

Julian Yi-Zhong Hou
March 8 – April 27, 2024
The Cabinet | Room 4390
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver

Channeled through a meditation on the relationship between poet/musician David Berman and his father conservative lobbyist Richard Berman, the work functions as a sculptural altar for asymptotic relations. The work consists of a pyramid of mahjong tiles, which holds a football vertically at its peak. From the four ceiling corners of the cabinet descend four metal chains that at converge the bottom a black obsidian obelisk 1/2 inch above the top of the football.

Curated by Denise Oleksijczuk.


Julian Yi-Zhong Hou graduated from the Art, Performance and Cinema Studies program at the SCA, and is an artist based in Vancouver. His multidisciplinary practice includes the fostering and organizing of productions through a fluid collaborative art, audio, publishing and apparel entity (Second Spring), as well as an ongoing artistic practice that involves the accumulation of new skills and application of personal symbolic invocations, collective meaning, and original methods of divination that probe the darker recesses of psychic awareness. His stalwart mediums are drawing, sculpture, songwriting, album production, and clothing as art. |

April 27, 2024