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Police Called Over “Homeless Jesus” Sculpture Installed In Wealthy North Carolina Town

Homeless JesusHere’s what would happen if Jesus were to return to Earth and land in the affluent Bible Belt suburbs. Via NPR:

The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church installed the homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes.

The reaction was immediate. Some loved it; some didn’t. “One woman from the neighborhood actually called police the first time she drove by,” says David Boraks, editor of DavidsonNews.net. “She thought it was an actual homeless person.”

That’s right. Somebody called the cops on Jesus. Some neighbors feel that it’s an insulting depiction of the son of God.

“It gives authenticity to our church,” Rev. David Buck says. “This is a relatively affluent church, to be honest, and we need to be reminded ourselves that our faith expresses itself in active concern for the marginalized of society.”

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Pleasant Dreams? Not Inside This Blood and Guts Tent

It’s not made of real blood and gut, but Andrea Hasler’s amazing art piece “Matriarch” sure looks convincing, as does its companion piece “Next of Kin”. The two tents are actually made of wax, fiberglass, leather, and other materials. If you’re thinking that, in the words of Maude Lebowski, Hasler’s art is “strongly vaginal”, then you may be on to something. “Matriarch” and “Next of Kin” were made to honor the Women’s Peace Camp. You can watch a few “making of” features at Hasler’s website.

Pic: "Matriarch" (C) - Andrea Hasler.

Pic: “Matriarch” (C) – Andrea Hasler.

Via Neatorama:

Hasler, the Zurich, Switzerland-born and now London-based artist, was commissioned by New Greenham Arts to create a piece for Greenham Common in Berkshire, England. That site held the Women’s Peace Camp, which was made famous when 30,000 women joined hands around the perimeter of an American airbase to protest nuclear weapons being held there. Hasler explained that “Metaphorically, I am taking the notion of the tents which were on site during the Women’s Peace Camp, as the container for emotions, and ‘humanise’ these elements to create emotional surfaces.”

 

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Why Wu-Tang Will Release Just One Copy Of Its Secret Album

wu tangYou have to admit, the latest idea from RZA and the Wu Tang Clan is going to start a debate that’s well worth having: should an album of recorded music be prized as a unique work of art in the same way as a painting? From Forbes:

Somewhere on the outskirts of Marrakech, Morocco, inside a vault housed beneath the shadow of the Atlas Mountains, there sits an engraved silver-and-nickel box with the potential to spawn a shift in the way music is consumed and monetized.

The lustrous container was handcrafted over the course of three months by British-Moroccan artist Yahya, whose works have been commissioned by royal families and business leaders around the world. Soon, it will contain a different sort of art piece: the Wu-Tang Clan’s double-album The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, recorded in secret over the past few years.

Like the work of a master Impressionist, it will truly be one-of-a-kind—in lieu of a traditional major label or independent launch, the iconic hip-hop collective will make and sell just one copy of the album.

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A 1969 Visit To The Shoreditch Experimental Music School

Welcome to the Shoreditch Experimental Music School – I would give anything to have had an elementary school experience along these lines. This amazing Peter Fletcher-hosted BBC program from 1969 reveals the cutting edge of experimental art education. Highlights include kids learning about tape loops, a music piece about the concept of heat, and a deeply disturbing masked group performance about cholera death:

Children from infant, secondary modern & comprehensive schools apply methods of contemporary music, including demonstrations of simple tape & electronic techniques. The children discuss with teacher how different sounds may be produced and experiment with electric circuits and loops on the tape recorder.

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Artist Vincent Castiglia Paints With His Own Blood

PIC: Vincent Castiglia (C)

PIC: Vincent Castiglia (C)

Painting with your own blood isn’t anything new, but artist Vincent Castiglia does fantastic work. Click the link to see a gallery at Beautiful Decay. I can only imagine how difficult of a medium blood must be to work with, what with the coagulation and all. Most of his art is NSFW, but if you’re browsing Disinfo, then you probably work for a tolerant work place or are on your own time. Or just taking your chances with the IT department. (No shame – I used to.)

Via Beautiful Decay

For this blood artist, the unusual medium works in service of larger themes. In extracting blood from his own body, sometimes 15 vials at a time (less than a blood donation), he allows the literal life-giving substance to more deeply examine fertile powers of mankind. With the careful painting of milk-filled breasts and deliberate vaginal imagery, Castiglia celebrates the allegorical implications of motherhood and childbirth.

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The Mystic Vision of Julieta Triangular (NSFW)

Julieta Triangular is a fantastic film maker from Santiago, Chile whose psychoactive films compel and inspire.

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Pic: Julia Triangular (C)

Reminiscent of artists like Alejandro Jodorowski and Stanley Kubrick, her style sparks the imagination with a tense juxtaposition of beauty and mania. Her latest work, Bakenti is a fictional-magical short film, an accord with the jungle resting in the Peruvian Amazon. Born from the readings of the Shipibo-Conibo community, the wisdom of indigenous communities, and the supernatural and sacred dimensions of the Earth. Also based on our own reverence and gratitude for the power of Nature, the songs which reside in the heart of each and every human being, which allow us to reconnect with the divine teachings of our ancestors and our guiding plants, such as Ayahuasca.

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Man Make ‘Cowasaki’ Motorcycle Out of Animal Bones

Pic: Ron Moore (CC)

Pic: Ron Moore (C)

Meet Florida artist Reese Moore. The former snake wrangler and whale trainer (Yes, really.) creates art out of animal bones. He calls his latest creation Cowasaki. You can have it for $55,000. No idea if it’s street legal. Incidentally, Moore has never ridden a motorcycle.

You know it’s a good story when it starts with a guy at Froggy’s Saloon wanting some dinosaurs…

Via The Daytona News Journal:

If you come across a dead animal, it’s likely Reese Moore is willing to take it off your hands.

What started out as a way to create Halloween decorations for his children has made Moore into one of the more unique motorcycle manufacturers in the nation. Of course, his creations don’t run and their parts don’t either — at least not anymore. For more than a decade, the Orange City resident has been making choppers out of animal bones.

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Artist Paints Portraits With Cremated Human Remains

Pic: Adam Brown (C)

Pic: Adam Brown (C)

Missouri artist Adam Brown offers a unique memorial service to those seeking to remember deceased loved ones: He paints their portraits using paint mixed with ashes. He doesn’t just limit his services to human beings, either: He’ll do pet portraits, as well. It’s surprisingly affordable, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Via Beautiful Decay:

After Brown’s clients submit a sampling of sandy ashes, the artist dons a pair of gloves and mixes them with paint to create personalized renditions and imaginings of the dead that span from straight black and white portraiture to dreamy colored abstractions. He carefully preserves any and all unused ashes, ultimately returning them to his client.

The project, titled Ashes to Art, poignantly aims to reconstruct the deconstructed body, fixing delicate cremains with glue and paint; in this way, his paintings work to encapsulate the entirety of the human body and lifetime into one sly smile, one glint of the eye, or one splash of color.

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