Volume 93, Issue 12

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


Neglected coverage for do-gooders

From Generation X to degeneration

Campus Rec strikes back at lineups

Goodbye, but we never met

Here she is, Mrs. America

Love it or censor it

Killing rabbits for art

Killing rabbits for art

Fifteen thousand dollars? Twelve rotting rabbits. The Canada Council of the Arts. Three unrelated things in the same world. In this world, however, 12 rotting rabbits hanging from a tree is considered art. So much, in fact, that the council is actually willing to shell out $15,000 of taxpayers money in a grant to artist, Diana Thorney.

There's many things I don't understand here. Apparently, this exhibit is supposed to deal with the realities of death and decay – a whole circle of life. I don't remember any dead rabbits hanging off trees in The Lion King. I suppose a picture of some guy masturbating could be considered the realities of death and decay. Use your imagination.

The most outrageous part of this is the $15,000 and the actions of the council. Should they have used this money to support Thorney's work? Believe it or not I actually believe that they should. Admittedly, I'm no big fan of the dead rabbits but you have to admit it makes you think.

Art is more than just entertaining. It's about making you think and expanding your mind. That's exactly what the dead rabbits do. Thus, in a sense, the rabbit exhibit, much to my chagrin, represents art in one of its truest forms.

The dead rabbits and their acceptance by the council to the tune of 15 big ones, is not so much the fault of a twisted artist but rather just a reflection of our society. The fact these rabbits can be shown in a public display without a public uproar proves not only how desensitized our society has become but also how casual the acceptance of blood and death really is.

We live in a world of death and destruction where photographs depicting dead rabbits hanging off a tree only become a representation of our world. Perhaps our society is dying, perhaps the environment is dying and with the new millennium we're on the verge of a great rebirth.

One thing is clear, Mufasa wasn't totally accurate when he described the great circle of life. He forgot to talk about the dead rabbits.

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