Whether a crucifix submerged in urine or the Virgin Mary’s likeness plastered with cow dung, the concept of artistic expression has grown noticeably more vague in recent years. The trend, it seems, is toward displays that would attack the sensibilities of traditional Americans with a vulgar shocking act.
With fewer and fewer original ways to create controversy, one art school student is planning an event that will push the boundaries even further. According to Clayton Pettet, the project will consist of him and a male volunteer engaging in public sex.
Calling the outrageous act “Art School Stole My Virginity,” Pettet indicates it will be the first time he’s ever had sex. Naturally, he decided to invite as many as 100 spectators to the event.
The student, who attends London’s Central Saint Martins school of art, said the disgusting display will take place next January, describing it as “the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime performance.”
Both he and his same-sex partner will stick around afterwards to answer questions from what will certainly be a shocked audience.
“Since culturally we do hold quite a lot of value to the idea of virginity, I have decided to use mine and the loss of it to create a piece that I think will stimulate interesting debate and questions regarding the subject,” he explained.
He said those in attendance will be able to see firsthand “if anything has changed between me and my partner.”
The very idea to take part in such a display illustrates Western society’s dramatic leftward lurch. In the effort to legitimize any abhorrent or deviant behavior, it becomes more difficult to push the envelope.
We have now reached the point in our reprobate culture that a public sex act between two men is described as art instead of a crime against the state and nature.
B. Christopher Agee
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