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But Is It Art? (No, It Isn’t Art)

25 Feb

February 25, 2017

This story comes from Midnight in the Desert, which is the site for the Art Bell Show. OH, sorry, which was the site for the Art Bell Show. Yep, Art unretired then retired yet again. But the site remains standing and the news remains odd. 

Once again, it is time for another installment of Mr. Blog’s ongoing battle with so-called “art.” Maybe we need another term, one keeping more in line with the political climate. Maybe we can call this “fake art.” Or how about “alt-art”? Read the article and we’ll decide.


Abraham Poincheval is no stranger to daring performance art, but his latest project is probably the toughest one yet. The French artist will spend eight straight days sealed in a human shaped hole carved out inside a giant boulder. The purpose of this unusual performance – “to find out what the world is”.

On February 22, 2017, 45-year-old Poincheval was sealed in this carved out stone sarcophagus at Paris’s Palais de Tokyo gallery, where he will allegedly spend eight straight days, until March 1st. His temporary prison, a large boulder split in two with just enough room to fit the artist’s body in sitting position, and enough food and water to keep him in good physical condition over his eight days of isolation. His only connection to the outside world is a ventilation duct that keeps him from suffocating in the tight space.

“The purpose is to feel the aging stone inside the rock,” told media reporters. “There is my own breathing, and then the rock which lives, still humid because it was extracted not so long ago from the quarry. So there is that flow, that coming and going, between myself and the stone.”

Speaking for a moment as a scientist (yes, I have a degree in advanced scientifity from an online Turkish university) I must point out that rocks are not, technically, alive. But let’s take this loon’s statement seriously. If the rock was alive, then he must have killed it when he cut it in half and hollowed it out. Way to go, murderer.

The guy wants to “find out what the world is.” Is the inside of a rock the best place to do that? It may be the exact opposite of that. Caine from Kung Fu walked the Earth to find out about the world and who am I to argue with one of the most popular shows of the 1970’s? No one sat in a rock in any episode that I ever saw.

I was tempted to do some research to find out just who is paying for this nonsense, but quite honestly, I just don’t care that much. Frankly, I think this guy is trying to dodge either some creditors or an ex-wife. 

But back to the question at hand. The man will be living inside a rock for eight days. I’m sure people will go and look at the rock and flock there to see, well, absolutely nothing but hey, this somehow is called “performance” art. So is this art? Is this, by any stretch of the imagination, art? 


I don’t think “fake art” or “alt-art” covers this. I prefer the good, old-fashioned “crap.”

See? Even these cartoon kids and their musical dog know.

See? Even these cartoon kids and their musical dog know.


10 Nov

November 10, 2011

I am not always up on the world of fashion. Take shoes for instance. Hate ’em. I only wear then when I absolutely cannot get away with sneakers. And I only get new sneakers when my old ones fall off my feet in three or four pieces. While I haven’t gone so far as to duct tape a pair together, I have had some sneakers in my life that were probably well past the point of still technically being sneakers. But to be fair, when I do get a new pair, I want a cool pair.

Same with denim jackets and t-shirts. You may be starting to get the impression that I do not dress well. In fact I do and can look pretty sharp on occasion, but those times are few and far between. In general I like to dress for comfort.

I did buy a really nice jacket the other day. It is really cool and I like it. It looks like leather. It isn’t. That’s not out of any moral stance, it’s out of an economic stance.

Which brings me to my point. What’s up with this shit?

First let me say that Sadie Whitelocks has a disgusting sense of humor.

I fully get that designers will often pull a stunt like that just for attention. It is great publicity, even if you do get to be known as the Nipple Dress Designer. But on the other hand, I am never quite sure if something like this is meant seriously. I’ve seen things just as odd worn on the streets of Manhattan.

Is it ironic that you cannot see the model's nipples?

Before you start thinking about how beautiful it is, let me remind you that the woman is wearing a dress made out of yak nipples.

You should click to enlarge

It has often been said that Native Americans used every part of a cow and let nothing go to waste.

They did not making clothes out of the cow’s nipples.

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