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Hanna Hur at Roberta Pelan / Toronto

Hanna Hur

“The Lovers”

Feb 12 - March 20, 2016







The Lovers, Installation View

The Lovers, Installation View


The Lovers, Installation View

The Lovers, Installation View

For Paul, 2016 (set of 7)
Coloured pencil on cotton string 
Dimensions Variable

For Paul, 2016 (set of 7)
Coloured pencil on cotton string 
Dimensions Variable

The Lovers(The Water), 2016
Coloured pencil on raw linen 
40 x 30 inches / 101.60 x 76.20 cm

The Lovers (The Mountain), 2016
China marker and coloured pencil on raw linen 
40 x 30 inches / 101.60 x 76.20 cm

The Tower, 2015
Coloured pencil on raw linen 
40 x 30 inches / 101.60 x 76.20 cm

The Lovers, 2016
China marker and coloured pencil on raw linen 
14 x 11 inches / 35.56 x 27.94 cm









From beneath the down of inaction she listed among her pain a broken heart. Her arms could not lift, neither; her body was laid out. But these were the things that were already broken.

Can a painting heal me, she asked?

Can a drawing speak?

Housebound, her fingers moved across pencils and pages, canting at windows.

I am going a long way

With these thou seëst – if indeed I go

ere falls not hail, or rain, or any snow,
Nor ever wind blows loudly; but it lies
Deep-meadowed

Where I will heal me of my grievous wound.

Down where her pictures lie, I saw the chassis planed out. The canvas like bone with its pilose skin taut. Then the washes, like fingers on the pulse points, tapping to code. Matisse in the shadows; Merleau-Ponty, Tennyson, and want. I saw knotted effort, a spirit looping.

There were faintest veins; light beneath my eyelids; cracking ice. She drew paper wings and perfect circles, and then, like a prairie province, the place of absence, mapped out. 


 - Sky Goodden

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Hanna Hur (b.1985, Toronto, Canada) lives and works in Los Angeles. Recent exhibitions include
Tomorrow, New York; Shanaynay, Paris; Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto; Galerie B-312, Montreal, Canada; The Power Plant, Toronto; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Jr. Projects, Toronto.


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