“Love Is A Many Splendored Thing” Art Opening

Posted on May 30, 2010

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Love is a many splendored thing

Love is a many splendored thing. And also a many-splendored thing

Got this in an email, although it’s also on Facebook.

A photographic artist and a couple of hundred people she recruited are spreading powerful words through a unique and innovative art exhibit. Love is a Many Splendoured Thing will open in Vancouver’s downtown core this June with a message that aims to counter negativity, hatred and fear in today’s world.

Artist Jasna Stojanovic (Yasna Stoyanovich) —a Vancouver-based people, product and fine art photographer —has created a multi-channel video installation using individual portraits of 200 participants of diverse ages and backgrounds who, using American Sign Language, express the words from the project’s title phrase. The changing images will run non-stop on six screens throughout the course of the exhibit. Each screen represents one word from the title and communicates a message of core human values in an intriguing way.

The exhibition is open to the public from Monday, May 31 until Saturday, June 12 at the Pendulum Gallery located in the main lobby of the HSBC Building at 885 West Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver.

There will be a reception event on Thursday, June 3 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The opening event, through a cash bar, will raise funds for BC Cultural Society of the Deaf’s Deaf Canada Conference 2010, and Stand Tall Education Network, a non-profit organization that provides education to children from poverty backgrounds in Kampala, Uganda.

A laudable artistic effort and a very good cause, although the literalist in me cannot help but observe that “many-splendored” is a compound word, not two separate ones. And now I feel awful.

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