Idol Chatter

Idol Chatter


Been There, Dung That

posted by Paul O'Donnell

The art of Andres Serrano has been derided in the crudest ways. Now it seems those comments, at least the most potty-mouthed, are all true. The artist, who has long experimented with bodily fluids in his photographs, will display his images of animal feces, including a human being’s (his), at a gallery in New York this fall. Serrano told the New York Post today that his use of poop “pushed even his buttons.”


Serrano has pushed these buttons before. Back in the late ’90s, Serrano’s photograph “Piss Christ,” showing a crucifix bathed in urine, set off a firestorm of protest, mostly from politicians who used his work to call for radical changes in how the National Endowment for the Arts selects recipients of the taxpayers’ money.
Not long afterward, then New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani filed suit against the Brooklyn Museum for including British artist Chris Ofili‘s portrait of the Virgin Mary, which emulated traditional African painters’ technique of daubing on dung as a decorative element. And if you didn’t identify the add-ons as elephant dung–and you wouldn’t had you not been told–Ofili’s work was reverent and beautiful.
Serrano’s current exhibit proves perhaps, for anyone who remembers the original scandal, that he is sincere about his exploration of our digestive systems–he didn’t abandon the motif, at any rate, once he’d made his, uh, splash. But having squeezed every bit of controversy out of bathroom art by implicating our religious feelings a decade ago, Serrano tests more our patience than the limits of art with this latest show. I’m sure it’s lovely, but really, who gives a —-?



Previous Posts

Role Reversal Documentary Delves Into the World of Caring for Aging Parents
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVQaKZE7ag4[/youtube] What will you do when your aging parents can no longer take care of themselves? Role Reversal, a feature length documentary by Filmmaker Chris Nicholas explores this very question, one that millions are facing today. In the film, he sha

posted 11:39:11am Oct. 30, 2014 | read full post »

A Historical Look at Funk Pioneer James Brown
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXQsOa1Wbcs   James Brown was one of the most influential performers in the 20th Century. Now you can see exclusive footage in a feature –length documentary. Produced by Sir Mick Jagger, 'Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown' premiers on HBO tonight 9:00

posted 1:39:28pm Oct. 27, 2014 | read full post »

Blasting Off in an Imperfect World
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HodFzcJHIYI 23 Blast is a touching film about Travis Freeman (Mark Hapka) who was a high school football player for the Corbin High School Redhounds in Kentucky and was stricken with Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis, which  destroyed his optical nerves. But Coach Ferris

posted 9:14:00am Oct. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Author Ted Dekker Wows Us Again With A.D. 30: A Novel
Critics are raving about Ted Dekker's new book A.D. 30: A Novel. Readers will experience the story of Jesus as they never have before. Publisher's Weekly said, "The reigning king of Christian thrillers...kicks down the door of biblical fiction." Booklist said, "This is the kind of book term 'sweepin

posted 3:42:39pm Oct. 20, 2014 | read full post »

#IAMUnbroken Campaign Celebrates Louis Zamperini’s Unbroken Spirit
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZeGuTYHuI4&feature=share[/youtube] Do you have a story of perseverance, triumph or the power of God delivering you from a trial? UNBROKEN, a powerful faith-revitalizing film, chronicles the life of former Olympian, WWII veteran and POW Survivor, Louis Z

posted 9:50:55am Oct. 20, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.