LETTERS: Two viewpoints on 'shocking' art at North Vancouver's Polygon Gallery

Dear editor:

Re: Art and Morality Collide at the Polygon Gallery in Lower Lonsdale, Feb. 7 front-page story.

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Congratulations to Mr. Goldkind for having the courage to challenge Polygon Gallery on hosting a Kids First Saturday event simultaneously with an event on the main floor that displays a lewd image no passerby could miss, including children.
My understanding of art is that it lifts the heart and mind to appreciate beauty, truth and goodness, or as the dictionary says “imagery intended to be appreciated for its beauty or emotional power.”

I’ve never thought of art as synonymous with shock, indecency or crudeness.

The artist’s stated intent in the “proliferation of visual imagery” adds to the already saturated proliferation of such imagery that suffocates our sensibilities and harms our human dignity every day.

Barbara Stuart
North Vancouver


Dear editor:

I read with some amusement the article on the outraged father at the Polygon Gallery.

This kind of censorship by the self-righteous, politically correct shouldn't be encouraged.

I am an artist and have encountered this in public galleries.

In one case, I made tiny drop cloths to cover two small sculptures to avoid problems for the gallery when teachers brought their classes through.

Parents and teachers, don't take children to galleries if you feel that they aren't of an age to understand.

It's not all Disneyland, folks.

Lindsay Craig
West Vancouver

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