Performance artist Chun Hua Catherine Dong is spending six days in February protesting provincial funding cuts to the arts on Granville Island.
Dong's piece, [Absence| Presence], consists of a 12' x 8' x 42" gallery wall that she will push around the streets of Granville Island for up to six and a half hours a day. When photographed using a flash, the white wall with grey text appears as a grey wall with white text.
In a strategic plan, the B.C. Liberal-led government has allocated only $2.25 million to core arts and culture funding in its 2010-2011 budget, a drastic drop from $19.5 million in 2008-2009. The budget is expected to be announced next month.
This Sisyphean art piece should attract plenty of viewers seeing as Granville Island plays host to both the Place de la Francophonie and the Atlantic Canada House during the 2010 Olympic period.
The first performance of [Absence| Presence] took place on February 6, but there are five remaining performances for curious spectators.
February 9: 3:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
February 12: 2:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
February 15: 12 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
February 18: 2:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
February 21: 1 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
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