Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Closer to God

O, those wacky atheists, freethinkers, and unbelievers

Rejecting any and all thought of the knee bent in prayer
Before an all-knowing and invisible God
Unable to grasp the concept of communion
Over the body and blood of Jesus the Christ
They scorn and they blaspheme the Lord

But cut and paste the head of Christ
Onto a woman’s body
And they fall to their knees
With mouths wide and watering with hunger
Longing to get just a little bit closer to God

How quick they turn the other cheek
Given the right motivation

Colorado museum under fire by Christians, see why

October 4th, 2010, 1:36 pm · 11 Comments · posted by Mark Barna

The Loveland Museum in Loveland is under attack for displaying the color lithograph-woodcut “The Misadventures of the Romantic Cannibals” by Stanford University professor Enrique Chagoya.

On Friday, Caltholic apologist Bill Ritter took to task state Gov. Bill Ritter for signing a bill that created Colorado Creative Industries, which gave an $8,500 grant to Loveland Museum.

Chagoya’s work is described by Shark’s Ink, which sells art prints online, as possibly the artist’s most “irreverent” work.

Here are excerpts from the description-discussion of the work that appears in a publication on the museum show:

“It is illustrated with comic book characters, religious iconography and imagery, appropriated engravings, Mexican pornography, ethnic stereotypes, Mayan symbols and figures, automobiles, book excerpts and elements of U.S. currency.”

What is not pointed out is that the final frame shows a man performing oral sex on Jesus. To view the work, click here.

“Chagoya creates pages where cultural and religious icons are presented with humor and placed in contradictory, unexpected and sometimes controversial contexts,” the museum description goes on to say.

“The codex is presented as an accordion folded book. When closed it measures 7 1/2 x 7 1/2” and opens to frieze 90” long.”

You can buy a print from Shark’s Ink for $3,400.

Art or garbage? Would Chagoya have been so bold to depict the Prophet Muhammad in a similar light?

Posted in: Uncategorized • "The Misadventures fo the Romantic Cannibals" • Enrique Chagoya • Loveland Museum • Prophet Muhammad • sacred desecration


Note:  Mark Barna can dish it out, but he can't take it...having removed the above comment from his blog yesterday.

Well, I guess I also said that "Chagoya is to art what Barna is to writing."


  1. Is that the World's Worst Haiku or something?

    I could ask this: Why is the burning of a Koran considered protected speech while this is considered smut and must be suppressed? At least this is art, not mindless destruction.

  2. Art, fart: the awesome thing about words is that they speak for themselves. Here are a few more words from the critic with the dirty knees, yamamanama:

    The Atheist's Burden
    I wrote this on june fifth. still we'll not keel over keel over keel over.

    At 4:30 AM, it's almost light enough to see, and only the birds are awake, so you can forget all the things going on away from the birds and yourself, forget that it's turning into an alternate 1938 where Croatia is the good guy and see the world as it's meant to be seen, even if you can only see clouds and there's no proper sunrise.

    The sunsets are fucking marvelous too. I didn't overhear anything said by a human on the T (voices all blend together when there's about 20 conversations going on) but the automated voice kept saying "next stop: porter square." Whoa, that's like, how trains work in, like, dreams, maaaan. I mean, that is like some matrixey shit going on, dude!

    And someone was playing Pac Man on a touchscreen. I confess that in my darkest hour, I thought about playing Sonic the Hedgehog on my iPod on the T or whatever, but, then I realize: how are you to play Sonic on a touchscreen?

    Sometimes I think Turkey needs to give Israel a good old-fashioned ass-kicking, you know, enough for massive social and political upheaval. Then I remember that Guillaime Apollinaire thought the same thing would happen with World War I. He was wrong, oh, was he wrong. Somebody probably thought the same thing about the CSA and all an ass-kicking would do is embed their ways further up their colon.

    Burning Question: So, I had the idea for a deep-sea remake of The Little Mermaid, with Ursula as a vampyroteuthis, the Titanic as the palace, gulpers as Ursula's eels, a hatchetfish as the flounder, a woolly lobster as Sebastian, and various deep-sea denizens as the various shallows denizens... this being a good idea or not is not a burning question; the only proper answer to this is "awesome." The burning question is in fact this: Realistic or super-cute disney style?

  3. I did say that. What is your point?

  4. I agree -- Barna is a little bitch.

  5. Disgusting. At least they're not locking us up in prison or feeding us to hungry lions.