Hey, it looks better than most of the Chinese restaurants with horrible flourescent lighting and metal chairs.
it's not at all surprising to hear that sbc are not the only artists out there making the institution of the chinese-american / chinese-canadian restuarant the focus of artistic inquiry.
however, given the following text from the centre a site, i think the comparison ends there: "As a whole, the 'Redress Express' project is an attempt to examine the current politics of representation, redress and recognition in Canada as they relate to art, activism, identity and geography."
as a spectator, it seemed to me that the dual mission of sbc's "three dragon restaurant" was to play with the idea of site-specific art (box-within-a-building, building-within-a-box) as well as to try and break down the formal barriers between art and audiences using a familiar and engaging setting.
i would like to propose that the fact that someone else somewhere else is choosing to use the same raw material as the basis for a valid and interesting jumping-off point for a political, geographic, and social artistic statement doesn't necessarily make sbc's use or experience of the raw material--or its ultimate display--any less valid.
one has nothing to do with the other beyond face value. this is a skin deep comparison and both artistic groups deserve more.
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