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Last Chance, Essay by Bruce Grenville, Other Sights for Artists' Projects

Other Sights for Artists' Projects had commissioned Bruce Grenville to write an essay about my 43' x 32' photographic installation in downtown Vancouver, Last Chance.

 

It is a sad picture, and one that carries a surprising anxiety. The small house is surrounded by chain link fencing, topped with barbed wire, a 'beware of dog' sign bars the door, and nearby another hand-scrawled posting advises that the house and lot are not for sale. It is a tiny fortress, buttressed against a panic driven transformation of the urban landscape -- last chance to buy, last chance to save the house, last chance to escape - it is hard to tell which is more important - but it is definitely the last chance.

 

You can read the essay online.