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Re: Feces Painting Divides Art Lovers

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Tue, 15 Jun 1999 15:48:52 -0500

The responses have been interesting and some predictable. Yes, I agree that art
is a very personal thing, but I do believe that people( or people who like to call
themselves artists) like to take advantage of art being personal and expressive
just to shock people. I don't think ( and this is just my opinion) that their
intent is always one of an artistic nature. Some people love to draw attention to
themselves by doing outrageous things. It 's sometimes just for the shock value.
So how do you decide when it is art or when it is for " hey look at me". Ok,
enough said, I bet this could be discussed forever.

ricki fromkin wrote:

> Sages7 wrote:
> >
> > In a message dated 6/14/99 5:44:12 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> > jaugusta writes:
> >
> > << Did any of you see this!! What are some of your opinions and would you
> > > explain THIS to students?
> > > maryB
> > >
> > Old hat, Mary. The first individual to use this unusual medium was
> > Piero Manzoni, and Italian proto-Conceptual artist who produced an
> > edition (90 tin cans) of what he titled *Artist's Shit* --it was just
> > that--in 1960. >>
> >
> > What about Abject art? Seems like there are very many examples of artists
> > using their body excrement, parts and fluids to create art. Carolee
> > Schneemann, Kiki Smith, Orlan to name a few...
> >
> > I think the human body, both inside and out, interest many. As to explaining
> > to my class about feces painting..umm..good question!
> >
> > Heather
> Maybe I'm naive, but why couldn't you just explain to your students what
> you just said, that the human body, both inside and out, interest many.
> Some artists are so interested that they feel the need to express
> themselves these types of things as their medium to do so.
> I feel students respect you better if your honest with them. You might
> not happen to agree or like what their doing, but art is a very personal
> thing that not everyone might connect with.
> Just a thought.
> Ricki in NJ