WNDW @ 936 W 18th

New WNDW!!

The next WNDW is happening from April 9th – 24th at 936 W 18th Ave and features the work of Vancouver/LA based painter Helena Hsieh.

We will be hosting an Opening + Artist talk at the WNDW on April 16th from 2 – 4pm, and an all-ages portraiture workshop with me in the green space behind the WNDW on April 24th from 2-4..

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The new work featured in Helena Hsieh’s exhibition Pacific Northwest acts as a visual love letter to the misty and atmospheric light that permeates Vancouver during the autumn and winter. Hsieh, a visiting artist at Emily Carr University, has come to Vancouver from the sunnier climes of California, via graduate studies in Boston. Her work takes particular care with light, using it to depict the specificities of site, architectural forms, and emotion. It is perhaps her skill in capturing light that takes the viewer to a mysterious elsewhere- to other places, other times, other moments. Her works are ambiguous, mysterious even with their veiled subjects captured in the mundane moments that so often pass us by. Tying a bow. Eating noodles. Walking on the beach.

These moments are not spectacular, but the care Hsieh takes in capturing their light moves them from the quotidian to the extraordinary, a shift that reminds us that these are the quiet and intimate moments that accumulate to make up a life.

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Helena Hsieh (b. 1982 in Long Beach, California) received her BA in English Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles (2004), her BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute (2008) and her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University (2012). Her work has been exhibited at the Brayer Gallery, Los Angeles; Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among others. Hsieh has received a number of awards and recognition including an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant (2015), a Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship from SMFA (2012), a Montague International Travel Grant (2011) and being selected for Boston Young Contemporaries (2010). Her work has been featured in publications such as Fresh Paint Magazine, Studio Visit Magazine, Art Business News and New American Paintings. She is currently a Visiting Artist at Emily Carr University. Upcoming exhibitions include a solo show at Atrium 26 Gallery in Los Angeles, California.

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