September 26, 2005

Art that Bombs

Hatched by Sachi

There was a time when art meant something that pleases, inspires, and moves you in a good way, not something that rubs you the wrong way. But rubbing you the wrong way is exactly the intent of this art exhibit in Manhattan.

“A Knock at the Door" features stamps depicting a gun held to President Bush's head, a straightjacket made from an American flag, and what appears to be a suitcase bomb.

[T]he point of the exhibit — not to provide answers but to ask visitors to decide what is offensive and what is art.

Are they so clueless that they have to ask that question? When did art become an intelligence test anyway?

But it's hard for many not to get the shivers after looking at the suitcase bomb, especially with the artist, Chris Hackett, facing firearms charges after the discovery of a weapons cache in his studio when police responded to an explosion caused by one of his other projects.

It is so offensive that even the fair and balanced Fox news reporter could not help but express his opinion:

Organizers assure no explosions here — but the exhibit may bomb.


Hatched by Sachi on this day, September 26, 2005, at the time of 8:41 PM

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