10 Seconds

April 2011 to March 2012
Press Release (pdf)

10 Seconds is a curated and commissioned series of new works by Vancouver artists that will be presented on the video screens of the Canada Line subway system. This yearlong project will run from April 2011 to March 2012. Each artist has been commissioned to create a 10-second work to be featured each month, repeating every 2 minutes over the commuter digital network and released on other digital platforms (YouTube/Facebook/DVD).

Artists have been invited to address a diversity of themes past, present and future tense by creating original works of art marking Vancouver's 125th Anniversary. These silent moments will be seen by over 100,000 commuters per day. Commercialized space will be punctuated by the insertion of creative acts from award-winning visual artists, critically acclaimed filmmakers, celebrated pop stars, literary giants, outspoken activists, deeply misunderstood critical thinkers, best-selling authors, and the next generation's youth and beauty. You will be surprised, seduced and interrupted.

10 Seconds penetrates the airwaves with the work of Dana Claxton April 18, 2011. Watch for Michael Turner coming in May. Other artists include Arts Umbrella teens, Laiwan, Jeff Chiba Stearns, Tony Pantages and Douglas Coupland.

10 Seconds is curated by Paul Wong and presented by On Main. This is our third partnership with Canada Line (InTransitBC). Commissioned by the City of Vancouver Public Art Program with the support of Vancouver 125 and the participation of the Government of Canada.

On Main produces and presents new art and artists (since 1985). Located in Vancouver, it operates on and off Main Street, presenting projects in and out of conventional art spaces and contexts nationally and internationally, including by vaporetto, airplane, bus and train, and within the hotel, geodesic dome, classical garden and cemetery. Currently, On Main is presenting art in off-site, temporal and site-specific locations in Vancouver, operating on a project-to-project basis. Visit our archive (1985-2007) at www.onedge.tv. Follow us on Facebook and YouTube.

Artistic Director/Curator Paul Wong is an established artist and respected contemporary curator and programmer of performance, photo-based and time-based film and video, visual and interdisciplinary art. He is known for his tough engagement with issues of race, sex and death and his eye for social context driven by an insatiable search for identity, community and authenticity. He has been at the forefront as a pioneer of media art forms and in the development of audiences and critical attention for these new forms. Facilitating the work of other artists has been an important parallel activity that has always been closely related to his artistic interests, along with the creation of access to public spaces inside and outside of conventional galleries.

For further information please contact info@onmaingallery.com.

10 Seconds Projects