Friday, June 6, 2008

News from the Fish Bowl: Catholic League Protests Student Art

Zzzzz.... Wha...? Oh, somebody made some intentionally sacrilegious art? Well, that's big news. *Yawn*

Cooper Union, a school in New York, is hosting an exhibition of student artwork, which has the Catholic League upset, according to the Associated Press:

The target of the protest is a series of paintings by Felipe Baeza. One of them depicts a man with his pants down and a crucifix in his rectum. A Latin caption says, "The day I became a Catholic." Another painting shows rosaries with male genitalia, and a third a man with a halo and erection. [more...]
Poor Mr. Baeza must be hard-up for creative inspiration. Marian icons covered in elephant feces, crucifixes in urine, and now crucifixional sodomy...well, I'm bored.

After reading of Baeza's paintings, I asked the Deej for comment. He mused a while and then said, "The day I became a Catholic was a distinctly different experience from Mr. Baeza's."

Last time I read anything by a fantasy artist, he was complaining that his art school taught lousy modern art when he wanted to learn how to paint the real stuff, which he found he was free to do when he became a fantasy artist. Could it be, then, that genuinely talented artists are now taking refuge in commercial art? I don't know, but if you're bored like me, you can always get back the excitement with this.
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