The opening of Wish You Were Here marked a milestone for young painter Julienne Hsu. The exhibition ran from March 9th through the 13th at CGU’s East Gallery. It was Hsu’s first solo exhibition sampling her work from the past few years. The exhibition featured a variety of subjects including dogs, humans, and machines. Her concern lies in the juxtaposition of nature and the imposition of man. Although Hsu deliberately limits the objects in her paintings, the viewer is still able to come to their own conclusion about the morality of the subject. Hsu has found a noteworthy balance – presenting subject matter and formal style – without allowing one to dominate the other. At first glance, the color appears bold and dark, but is often punctuated by a carefully decided upon bright hue. The formal qualities of paint application and color palette creates an interesting emotive relationship between the subject and the viewer. The resulting psychology helps to extend the potential for dialogue between the works.
Hsu was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the US at the age of fifteen. Since then, she has been living and working in Los Angeles. Hsu received a BFA from the Art Center College of Design and is currently an MFA candidate at Claremont Graduate University, graduating this year.