"Lonely and Gorgeous Tears" is a solo exhibition of new work by Veda Sun produced during her residency at Bunker Projects. The show’s title is a nod to the cathartic potential of art-making and the solitary nature of the process.
Cherries, ribbons, comic sans, dashes of glitter, ruffles, and a broken heart come together to set the maudlin mood of Sun’s exhibition. The work is self aware in its play with the drapings of femininity. Drawing a wide net of influences ranging from pixel art to abstract formalism to suburban kitsch, the work explores how our relationship with images and objects is mediated by pathos. Sun’s earnest investment in this imagery belies a sincere interest in sincerity and exploration of sentimentality.
Though the work has a preoccupation with fragility--a cracked heart, a dandelion being blown to the wind, a young anime girl -- Sun’s execution is never quite delicate; her brush is bold and rough, and her pastiching of disparate elements is at times deliberately clumsy. Despite the vulnerability of the imagery, these paintings are heavy-handed. This dichotomy expresses two freedoms: the freedom to expose one’s tenderness, as well as the freedom to be crude and unapologetic.
As well as paintings, this show includes a collaboration with Nico Zevallos. This piece is a sculpture and soundtrack: a pair of house-shaped wind chimes and fans. The charming tinkling evokes the sound of glass breaking, or perhaps a heart shattering into a thousand pieces.
-- show description text by Reese Adams-Romagnoli