CROSSROADS is a triptych of stained glass pictures that memorialize figures in the fashion
popular during the time of the artist’s youth spent loitering around Lougheed Mall in the early
1990s. Resonating with the fashion of today, the work speaks to historical echoes and to the
contin- ued history of cultural diversity that marks Burnaby as unique within Canada. The
triptych also depicts a move- ment from meditative incantation to dance to collabora- tion
and collectivity. The presence of crows refers to the crow’s roost just a few minutes south of
this site, to their collective consciousness, as well as to their symbolism as transformation.
They mark this momentous time of politi- cal and spiritual change. Crossroads was made in
studio over a period of a year, the production of which will help to form the foundation for a
new stained glass guild.
Julian Yi-Zhong Hou (b. 1980) is a multidisciplinary artist born in Edmonton, Alberta, Treaty 6
territory, and currently resides between Vernon, on the unceded land of the Syilx peoples of
the Okanagan Nation, and Vancouver, on the unceded land of the Coast Salish peoples. His
work centres around contemporary mystical subjects, consciousness, and pagan and
divination ritual, practice, and research.