Pandora’s WestCoast box

I’m coming to you courtesy of free wireless at the Regina Public Library, where an hour ago i visited their in-branch art gallery. (How visionary — are you listening, Ucluelet, with your coming new community centre?)

The show currently running is Pandora’s Box, an 11-woman show of more or less controversial images rooted in the double-edged Greek myth portraying Pandora as the first woman, who brings either many gifts or (via her infamous box) all evils.

In talking with the curator, i suddenly flashed on the idea that the Pacific Rim Arts Society should introduce a little depth and controversy into the WestCoast visual arts scene by commissioning 10 artists to produce a work each that will:

  • address at least one significant local issue head-on;
  • piss at least one person off (local or tourist);
  • probably never hang on someone’s living room wall.

That would be such a welcome change from our endless stream of what i call “eco-porn” — pretty images of idealized wilderness intended to covey nothing but feel-good.

The whole country seemed to be devolving into a mania for the distraction it called entertainment, a day and night mimicry of art that menaced nothing, redeemed nothing and meant nothing but forgetfulness.
–Arthur Miller in his autobiography Timebends

Author: Greg Blee

Poster to my own blog, and others.

One thought on “Pandora’s WestCoast box”

  1. Hey Greg,
    Nice to catch up on your travels. Hope Winnipeg’s hot enough for you — it feels like Fogust already here. We’ve had summer I guess — two hot days last weekend! And I know what you mean about those unrolling prairies — love it and your description wanted me to run away on a road trip. But I won’t. I’ll behave. For now. I guess. Had writers’ group last night; probably my last for the summer as I’m off to school tomorrow. Take care and safe travels. A

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