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Storm in US over chocolate Jesus

Posted by giveaphuk on March 30, 2007

from BBC world news, an interesting artwork, which has received much criticism from religious groups.

An excerpt from this article…

 A New York gallery has angered a US Catholic group with its decision to exhibit a milk chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ.
The six-foot (1.8m) sculpture, entitled “My Sweet Lord”, depicts Jesus Christ naked on the cross. Catholic League head Bill Donohue called it “one of the worst assaults on Christian sensibilities ever”.

chocolate jesus

now i’m actually a bit jealous that my work has never received such criticism, although am still going to try my hardest!

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Being a ‘good’ Samaritan but a ‘bad’ human

Posted by giveaphuk on March 13, 2007

Today I was at a police station, there was a guy there who’d just found a mountain bike, he was wanting to report it to the police & if no-one had claimed then he was wanting the bike for himself. Before anything the policeman threw a suspicious look at this guy & demanded he submit his full name & contact details, & should he not he would be arrested on the spot for theft of a bicycle.

The poor guy hesitated a minute, as i know i would, & i imagined a whole bunch of mister meaners race through his mind, did he have outstanding tickets, did he miss court, was he stoned? was there something he had forgot, in the process of this, this act of reporting a stolen bike, was he so swept up, that he forgot about something from the past, which might have just very well just now caught up with him?

I mean sure the guy would have expected to submit his details, as why else would he be there, if he had wanted to claim the bike, but it was just the tone of the cop? was it the words ‘instantly arrested’ that triggered off this paranoia?

& well the reason I was there because i had just found a handbag in our outside trashcan as I just about to pour mouldy stagnant pasta onto it, before it struck me as odd as to why there would be a rather nice handbag in our trash? So i picked it up & I had to check, just to see i there was perhaps a phone or some way of contacting the owner, & sure enough there was Id, credit cards, keys, pamphlet’s & stuff, but clearly certainly no money, & no direct contact methods other than address. So I, the good Samaritan, walked down to the police station, with the intention of commiting a good act, so that this bag may fall again into the right hands. I know how it feels to lose your bag, & although losing cash is a bummer, its stuff like Id, credit cards etc that are a lot more of a bother to replace.

But after I left the police station, I too became slightly paranoid about maybe perhaps, having some outstanding ticket, or have committed some crime, i’ve either forgotten about or been unaware off at the time.

So sometimes perhaps it is possible to be both a ‘good’ Samaritan & a ‘bad’ human? I know this guy, from the police station will totally understand what i’m talking about..

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Art never wins a war

Posted by giveaphuk on February 24, 2007

I propose that artworks, along with innocent lives are most certainly destroyed by war.

I had just read an interesting article on BBC news site re: “Advanced geometry of Islamic art” (Geometry & Art are two words i love to hear together in a sentence) & ended up realising that in war, art or culture will always lose regardless of any patch of earth being ‘liberated’ by either friend or foe (what is the difference?). War is really about the battle between egos, insanity, cultural difference, morals & ‘god’. It’s not like anybody involved really gives a shit about stuff which looks nice.

islamic art

And all sides are to blame, all those who look down the scopes of their weapons to others looking back @ them, both seeking to spill each others blood. I remember when the taliban destoyed the buddhas of bamyan, something that, as a child i saw in a national geographic magazine, & drempt since of actually visiting them one day. *sigh* Destroying something so amazing, is just plain dumb in my eyes.

& now all these bombs dropped in the middle east by coalition forces, surely must be destroying some timeless & priceless art. I know alot of americans are damn proud of their flag, as a symbol for freedom & history, so perhaps they should be more aware of art, history, culture & how all this is represented, & timecapsulised within every piece of art that exists. I don’t know if it’s just me, but i find art from other cultures, to be most exciting, & provides, in turn, inspiration for my own work.

As an artist, of a spiritual (but not religious or dogmatic) nature, i have to say that yes, we create art out of faith, hope, when in love or pain & often for god, so does this mean that the enemies art should be classified as ‘enemy combatant’ or is this art being wiped out, like all the innocent people ie: ‘colateral damage’, suffering & being destroyed in this craziness. Does anybody care beyond destruction?

Perhaps art will have to fight back, or is it already in the form of a new mooninite army?

athf

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art – whose angel is it anyway?

Posted by giveaphuk on February 20, 2007

a large format digital image, 1.8m x 3m

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art – mcsalvation – closeup

Posted by giveaphuk on February 19, 2007

close up detail of digital image, mcsalvation.

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art – mcsalvation

Posted by giveaphuk on February 19, 2007

mcsalvation – digital image – 6m x 1.8m – a 1 gig work file..

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art – digital jesus

Posted by giveaphuk on February 19, 2007

a 100mbs cat-5 lovin digital jesus for my dashboard.

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