Thursday, April 24, 2008
Is it ART?
Firstly I want to make it clear that despite my blogs name, this particular piece of 'art' is not by me. This is a photo of an installation art work created by Guillermo Vargas Habacuc. This is a real dog so I also want to warn anyone who searches the net to verify this story that the pictures arn't pretty.
The story goes like this...
In the 2007, the 'artist' Guillermo Vargas Habacuc, took a dog from the street, he tied him to a rope in an art gallery, starving him to death.For several days, the 'artist' and the visitors of the exhibition have watched emotionless the shameful 'masterpiece' based on the dog's agony, until eventually he died.
The artist was trying to make a point. He said that every day animals die through neglect and that in the country he exhibited in it's common to see dogs such as this one dying in the street. Yet people walk by and do nothing. What makes it different if the dog is taken from the street and put into an art gallery instead? From what I have read the artist wasn't trying to gloryify the death of the dog, he was trying to bring attention to the hypocrisy that exists and to the plight of dogs such as this one.
I for one like art that brings attention to issues of importance and maybe all of the publicity generated from such a stunt will actually result in less people simply walking by. That dosn't mean I agree with what he did, but then I wouldn't walk by a starving dog either. Maybe he could have made the same point with photographs of the dog instead of using a real dog? Maybe we would be less offended if he had used a dog that was already dead and had it preserved through taxidermy? Or maybe if we (people in general) hadn't been so shocked by the use of a real dog we would have kept walking? The use of a real dog has certainly bought attention to the subject whether we agree with the method or not.
The artist has been invited to repeat this installation work and there's a petition out to stop it going ahead.
The following is part of an email I was sent...
" the prestigious Visual Arts Biennial of the Central American decided that the 'installation' was actually art, so that Guillermo Vargas Habacuc has been invited to repeat his cruel action for the biennial of 2008. "
If you feel that this should be stopped then please sign the petition Maybe you just want to donate pet food to your local animal shelter or give a home to a dog? Follow your heart and do what ever it is your moved to do (or not do.)
If you want to verify the story just Google ..Guillermo Vargas Habacuc, you'll find plenty of opinions and photos.
On that rather somber note I wish you all a happy and peaceful day. I hope it's filled with love and light:)