Yes, tragic but true and straight from the realms of 'you couldn't make it up' comes another giddy tale of lunacy in the name of art. Sad case extraordinaire (and self styled 'Bad Boy of Danish art) Marco Evaristti (pictured above) served up yet another example of insanity(courtesy of the Santiago Animal Gallery) as he presented his friends with his newest creation: meatballs cooked with fat from his own body, extracted by liposuction! On the plates in front of them was a serving of agnolotti pasta (I wonder if the Agnolotti was stuffed with cheese?) and in the middle a meatball made with oil Evaristti had removed from his body in a liposuction procedure last year. Doubtless served with faver beans, and a nice Chianti...
"You are not a cannibal if you eat art," stated Evaristti, without the slightest trace of irony. Just as you're obviously not an artist if you stage sicko 'shock art' stunts like this just to raise your pathetic profile. Why not simply change your name to Hannible. Yes,yes I know that the legions of so called chattering class's simply adore revelling in this perverse abuse of artistic freedom but c,mon folks! This is the kind of warped, pseudo intellectual rubbish that alienates so many people from the genuinely progressive and thought provoking modern art being produced by so many of today's artists. Never before has there been greater access for anyone to take up tools and create work that both questions and inspires all of us.
Of course Evaristti is entitled to practice his art. That's his right. Just as people like me (and hopefully you!) are right to question it's validity and it's effect on critical and mass opinion. So, allow me to end with an anonymous quotation that I think says it all..
"First, they burned books, then paintings, then entire peoples, to show their superiority. There is an element in Modernist art that depends on ordinary people letting themselves be told by a self-appointed elite to distrust their own judgment, and consider the elite's preferences for a better, truer art - even if it is frankly impossible for ordinary people to see why. Substitute ideology for art and you have the recipe for fascism. We should encourage everyone to trust his or her own judgment"
Catch you later