Articles tagged with: Coalition of New Canadians for Arts and Culture
I arrived early to the Shenkman Arts Centre, an impressive glass-fronted construct next to Orleans’ shopping district, and found an ottoman-sized rock to settle on. Staring vacantly out over its neighbouring grassland, marred by fence-lines and some paved parking, I breathed deep its flat horizon with an appreciation that would’ve gone unnoticed a few years ago. That’s what living amid the concrete towers of Toronto can do to you; with all its flashing billboards and commuter stampedes, your eyes never need to look further than an outstretched arm.
The earliest artistic representation of a human was discovered last year in Germany, an ivory carving around 35,000 years old. Not surprisingly, Venus of the Fels Cave depicts an anatomically correct female. The earliest human artistic expression ranges from 50,000 to 290,000 years ago, depending on how the experts define art. No matter what that definition, those creations were most definitely of animals.
When I saw a movie called Blade Runner in 1982, I felt my first real empathetic pang of what death could feel like. The movie had violence, eroticism and very cool special effects, and maybe that’s what caused the death-implication imprint on me that Midnight Cowboy, Vanishing Point and Silent Running (all equally profound statements on dying) didn’t have. It’s almost impossible
to predict what kind of sensory images will go deep into the bone, and that’s the problem facing creative expression in Canada today. It’s not a genetic issue; we …