Is it Art? Student creates art with feline corpse
Apparently there has been some controversy at Alfred University over an art student who displayed a dead cat as art. The art student had placed the altered corpse on display in an exhibit space located within the university student-operated Moka Joka coffee shop. So far the identity of the art student has yet to be made public. However, according to a Morning Times reporter the school has acknowledged that the student had posed the decayed corpse of the cat in a manner that made it appear as if it was in the process of being electrocuted by electrical wires that had been forced into its decaying flesh.
According to the article the student had discussed the controversial piece during an art class shortly before placing it on display. The piece, which was not preserved, was removed by campus officials due to concern over student safety and health within a location where food is served. However, some individuals are defending the controversial piece as being no different than the preserved animal corpses that British artist Damien Hirst has utilized within the context of his work. Maybe art critic Robert Hughes was correct when he suggested that Damien Hirst is responsible for the decline in contemporary art? What say you?
If an animal corpse in a Hirst piece can be considered art does that mean an animal corpse that has been utilized by an art student within his or her work should be considered acceptable as well? Or is it an issue of ‘good art, bad art’? Where should the line of ethics be drawn?
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