Just When You Think Art Can't Get Any Stupider
This idea is not only idiotic, it makes me a bit queasy in the tummy just thinking about it.
A Dutch artist has used a flap of her own skin to make a replica pistol to be shown at an Amsterdam art show. . . .
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[S]he made the tiny replica pistol with a piece of skin . . . surgically removed from her abdomen. The puckered skin was stretched and sewn over a plastic and fiber pistol mold.
Meester said she had the flap of skin removed under local anaesthetic to allow her to make the pistol. The surgery left her with 16 stitches. She froze the skin, then defrosted it to make a replica weapon preserved in formaldehyde.
It's fucking unbelievable what passes for art these days.
And here's the funniest quote i've seen in a long time:
If everyone made a pistol from their own skin, I think they would think twice about using a gun. I think there would be less violence in the world.
Brilliant woman, just brilliant.
Posted by annika, May. 6, 2004 |
& The Huh? Files
I saw that story a few days back. First thought was , "what if she was concerned about rifle violence?"
Second thought was that she should have made a replica of the true cause of violence from her own skin, but how exactly would you make a replica of a flawed decision grounded in imperfect morals?
Third thought was "Chief Joseph would think she was ig'nent - well meaning but ig'nent".
Now on the other hand, using your enemy's skin to make a replica of a weapon to disuade them of being violent...
You know, that last quote is almost too good a straight line . . . But I'll pass on it.
However, art in this case is truly a relative term, yes?
Yowza. I don't know if I'd be able to go through such self-mutilation for the sake of art. No wait, I KNOW I wouldn't be able to do it. I guess there just aren't enough ways to express concern over gun violence these days.
But hey, I guess it worked right? Making headline news and what-not.