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Is a dead dog considered art?

To Costa Rican "artist" Guillermo "Habacuc" Vargas it is. He found a dog on the street, tied him up, and gave explicit instructions for the dog to not be fed. Obviously, the dog died.

Habacuc's exhibition included a legend spelled out in dog food reading "You are what you read," photos and an incense burner that burned an ounce of marijauna and 175 "rock' of crack cocaine. In the background, according to reports, the Sandista national anthem played backwards.

According to the artist, his "art" was a tribute to Natividad Canda, a Nicaraguan burglar killed in Costa Rica by two rottweilers guarding property he had entered at night. The incident caused friction between the two countries. Habacuc told the daily La Nacion, "I won't say the dog died. The importance to me is the hypocracy of the people where an animal is the focus of attention where people come to see art but not when it's in the street starving to death."

"The same thing happened with poor Natividad Canda. The people sympathized with him only after he was dead," the artist added.


Typical liberal -- crying huge crocodile tears over a burglar killed by guard dogs.

Animal abuse? No, of course not! This is art, see? We're just a bunch of idiots who aren't on his artistic plane. We just don't understand, and we're not expected to. We're supposed to be offended, while Vargas gets embraced in modern art circles. He's been chosen to represent Costa Rica in the "Bienal Centroamericana Honduras 2008".

Once upon a time, wasn't art supposed to be beautiful, inspirational, and yes, sometimes provocative? I don't think much in modern art fits those descriptions. Disgusting, offensive crap is a much better description.


Hat Tip: Moonbattery


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Comments (23)

So I guess the argument aga... (Below threshold)
engineer:

So I guess the argument against waterboarding or any other torture is moot. It's simply "art."

Oh my gosh, that's beyond a... (Below threshold)

Oh my gosh, that's beyond awful. Why isn't that guy being brought up on animal cruelty charges! Sick! That poor dog. He didn't deserve that.

If I head-butted the artist... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

If I head-butted the artist and claimed it was MY art, could I get away with it?

Seriously, I would cave this a-hole's skull right the f in.

I'm sure Michael Vick contr... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

I'm sure Michael Vick contracted him to do some "artwork" at some point.

What the f*** is the matter with some people?

Did Michael Schiavo help fu... (Below threshold)

Did Michael Schiavo help fund this artist?

His next exhibition will be... (Below threshold)
hermie:

His next exhibition will be funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

PETA has sure remained quiet about this one...

Spurwing,He did ki... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Spurwing,

He did kill it. He starved it to death for "art".

Another reason why I genera... (Below threshold)

Another reason why I generally despise Latin America.

Hey, leftie trolls! Come he... (Below threshold)
Master Shake:

Hey, leftie trolls! Come here and let me tie you up. You're not against art, are you?

Burglar...........killed by... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Burglar...........killed by guard dogs...............protecting property.

This is what awakens Vargas' artistic muse and the result is this obscenity? It's one thing when an idiot announces he's doing this sort of thing. It's another when not one single individual is moved to intervene.
A man dies because he voluntarily makes a real stupid decision. The artist protests by killing an innocent life that has no decision in the matter. I just don't see the connection. Maybe it is tolerated because it is cultural thing.

Sick. Sick. Sick. Animals a... (Below threshold)

Sick. Sick. Sick. Animals are a wonderful creation of God and deserve much more respect than this.

"...gave explicit instructi... (Below threshold)
Rance:

"...gave explicit instructions for the dog to not be fed."

To whom did he give these instructions? Whoever else knew that this was going on, should get whatever the artist gets for going along with this stupidity.

In the <a href="http://www.... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

In the photos on this message board, there are a lot of people just standing around and watching or indifferent to the plight of this animal. No one seems a bit concerned. I wonder sometimes...what could posess someone to be so cruel? Art is supposed to be about creating.

I've got dogs, and I'd be u... (Below threshold)
Maggie:

I've got dogs, and I'd be using a BIG
clue bat on some one if I caught them
doing this kind 'art' on a living
animal of any kind.
May he get the same kind of results
from his efforts. Bon apetite!
/sarc

Did Michael Schiav... (Below threshold)
Did Michael Schiavo help fund this artist?

Hey, dying through starving and dehydration is painless. That's what Michael taught me. According to him the dog didn't feel a thing.

Karma's a bitch. A hongry ... (Below threshold)
kim:

Karma's a bitch. A hongry one.
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The late Daniel Patrick Moy... (Below threshold)

The late Daniel Patrick Moynihan noted long ago that one of the signs our society was crumbling was the ongoing trend of "defining deviancy down."

In other words, the more we find excuses for sick and deviant behavior and accept it as a viable "alternative" to the "mainstream," the more our cultural character declines.

Moral standards were not "imposed" by some dictatorial and controlling oligarchy; they were the agreed-upon base line for civil society.

Blurring the lines between liberty and license leads to . . . things like this.

"Typical liberal -- crying ... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

"Typical liberal -- crying huge crocodile tears over a burglar killed by guard dogs." Oh my god, you guys need to step back and see how sick you are. Way to work the word "liberal" into a story about a dog starving to death. That quote isn't from a post, it's from the ARTICLE!!!! This site is populated by Coulter-like caricatures. I guess it only makes sense, I mean, everyone knows about Hillary and Obama's plans to black out the sun, blow up school buses, and implant tracking chips into the brains of all Americans, right? This place used to host real political debating, now it's just somewhere I visit to email people the crazy shit that pops up here. I guess Limbaugh, Coulter, and you guys will all be happy when a soldier who doesn't feel good about blowing up an Iraqi elementary school, is a "phony soldier", and all the Jews have been "perfected" into Christianity. This is a joke site. It's like a cartoon strip, really.

Typical liberal. Hey, the ... (Below threshold)
kim:

Typical liberal. Hey, the conversation degenerated from BDS and a dreadful Frost.
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now it's just somewhere ... (Below threshold)
Proof:

now it's just somewhere I visit to email people the crazy shit that pops up here
Personified by you, Ryan!

Ryan, did you READ the arti... (Below threshold)
BlackDog:

Ryan, did you READ the article?
This HUMAN willfully ordered this dog death to demonstrate other peoples hypocisy?
It demonstrates that he is a hypocrite of the worst kind! JUST LIKE YOU!
Where is your outrage against him!
Instead he could have done something about the poor!
How much fucking money did he make of this?
How much adoration from his audience did he receive?
He is a sick self serving peice of shit!!!!!!!!!

i'd like to ttie him up wit... (Below threshold)
alex:

i'd like to ttie him up with 10 snarling doberman
and l them slowly maul then eat his still
concious body sorry but i'm just really p!$$£d off
depp=true

sorry tie... (Below threshold)
alex:

sorry tie




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