I will present you with an example of a possible Shock Art image a little further into this post. I hate to say this but I feel no matter what extreme
films I see, books I read, news I hear or pieces of shock art I view it seems the only thing recently that truly generated a shocked emotion within me
and elements of the sublime were stirred within my soul was the collapse of the Twin Towers (9/11) I have sometimes thought back to 9/11 and wish that
I was there amongst the event.
"Shock art is contemporary art that incorporates disturbing imagery, sound or scents to create a shocking experience. It is a way to disturb "smug,
complacent and hypocritical people".
With all the current exposure to mass media and being surrounded by and using a large range of technologies which is being shoved down our throats on
a daily bases no matter where we turn too, its not surprising that certain disturbing or shocking imagery is starting to lack any powerful
Its more so this year that I have to started to realise that I feel rather numb. (anyone who wishes to comment “You're just depressed”, “you
need to exercise more” blah blah etc etc, you are just wasting your time) So numb sometimes that I really seem to lack any emotions towards a
potential shocking piece of art (my son is still bringing me tears/wet eyes of happiness sometimes, so I'm not fully dead inside it seems)
When it comes to viewing Art, no matter how shocking or graphic the image may be towards others, mostly it just makes me laugh or smile if I were to
have any form of reaction to it. Shock art has become comedy to me almost. I don't think I'm alone in these thoughts when I say this.
It feels to me that as time passes the sublime in contemporary art is dying. That sublime feeling of being really shocked to the core. A sense of
terror within. I will now present you with a piece of art, a canvas. Its a very recent first hand example of what I mean when I say I find certain
shock art more comedy than shocking. (my sense of humour can be rather sick and twisted, don't worry it does not contain graphic sexual imagery)
Was this canvas which had been displayed in a pub window meant to be communicating a shock element, or does the artist think it's funny. It does not
matter I guess. I don't know what to think other than I know it made me laugh a little to be honest. I could blame the drinks, I'm sick. Just being
I don't need to go into details about who stars in this canvas piece, but everyone knows the current events of the unfolding stories surrounding Jimmy
Savile. I admit I was rather drunk and it was kicking out time when myself and a friend noticed the canvas sitting there in the pub window. I knew
straight away where the inspiration or imagery was mainly taken from. Cassius Marcellus Coolidge (November 12, 1844 –January 24, 1934) was an
American artist, mainly known for his paintings of dogs playing poker. Yet he also painted Dogs Playing Pool/Snooker.
So with the painting myself and a friend witnessed outside the pub; Is it shock art? I don't think it is truly shocking. Yet to some others it may
well be the case. The collection of child abusers presented on the canvas is trying to spark a reaction of course, but to me its hardly generated
anything other than looking and just naming the faces. Even though I was able to witness the canvas first hand and have no other account of it before
hand, this fact should have increased the element of surprise more, but it failed in that sense. Also of course if it wasn't for the mass media I'm
probably wouldn't be able to name the people featured in the canvas.
So is shock art dead? Is my soul dead? The latter certainly could be and should be after finding the canvas funny some may say. I could present many
examples here of shock art and end up with a full on essay being written up to try and highlight evidence suggesting that shock art is dying. I'm too
lazy for that level of effort. But overall Shock Art, is near death as myself and others continue contributing and distributing to the slow death of
Shock Art through many levels of reproduction via the mass media/technologies.
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