Guns Don’t Get People Beaten, PENIS Guns Do!
Last week artist Bengt Andersson in Malmo, Sweden was horrifically beaten about the face when guards at a gallery thought his artwork was a loaded gun. This wasn’t one of those instances where he was holding a random object in his hand and the fuzz thought a wallet was a 9mm. No: Mr. Andersson’s artwork was a “gun sculpture” loaded with penis shaped bullets. Now if we breakdown the layered meaning behind the piece we can appreciate that the artist is contextualizing masculine violence using a postmodern commentary on the phallus as means for murder and subjugation. Just kidding; it’s a wang gun! Cool! That would make a great prop in a porn flick. Maybe the guards knew it was a fake gun and just didn’t like his art? Maybe they preferred a vagina gun shooting ovum? After all, over the years there have been plenty of controversial art pieces. Here are a few I have carefully curated for your refined sick and twisted art pallet.
A great way to piss people off is by using your piss. Another great way to anger them is to use your piss AND use the Lord and Savior in the same art piece. That’s what happened with an artwork consisting of a photograph of a plastic crucifix submerged in a jar of the artist’s urine. What angered people even more was the fact that it was funded with tax payer money by the NEA, who paid artist Andres Serrano $20,000. You knew Obama was behind this somehow! (Even though this was created in 1987, but still; Obama!!!)
Speaking of using religion for controversy; this 2007 sculpture by Paolo Schmidlin depicts Pope Benedict in drag. Needless to say the artwork was condemned by Catholic groups including the Catholic Anti- Defamation League and eventually removed from an exhibit in Milan.
If you want to ruffle some feathers, another area to create your controversial art around is animals. For $4000 an online store called The Cheeky was selling a piggy bank… made from a real, hollowed out, taxidermy pig. Animal activists protested this bank/ art piece, although if anything this makes me have second thoughts about eating a ham sandwich so maybe they should embrace it.
Down by The Lake With Liz and Phil
Another great way to anger people is by adding nudity to things that shouldn’t be naked. Take for example Greg Taylor’s sculpture of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip which depicts the royal couple sitting on a bench… totally naked. The sculpture was situated outside Australia’s Parliament House and it seems that some people found this in bad taste; so much so that they removed the Queens head. Thus there is a headless, naked Queen Elizabeth sitting on a bench… which I guess is less offensive?
Stature Taking a Wizz Off Theater
Some controversial art doesn’t even make it out of the planning stages. David Cerny is a Czech sculptor who was hired to create a piece of art to sit on top of his nation’s “National Theatre” in Prague. Titled “Nation to Itself” the National Theater decided that he should keep it to himself. The giant gold stature (image above is a mock up from the artist) was to stream water, giving the effect that it’s taking a leak off the building. I bet after having his art rejected Cerny took a number one ON the building instead of off the building.
This got me thinking: Making controversial art is sort of like real life Internet. Instead of taking a sick photo or making a creepy photoshop and posting it online, you actually have to get up off your butt, go out into the world and offend people the old fashioned way. To illustrate this point I’m going to make a dumb photoshop of the kind of controversial art I would create in the real world if I wasn’t lazy.
Snot Covered Satan
This one is going to piss off the devil worshipers and I get to use something that I have a lot of to do it. Snot Covered Satan is making a comment on the evils of the industrial mucus complex.
Other possible controversial artwork you can try at home include:
Teddy Bear Rim Job
Buddha Eating A Baby
Miley Cyrus Twerking The Pope
Self Mutilation Selfies
What are your favorite controversial art pieces? Post your favorites!