Art? What the hell is Art?

What the fuck is art actually, I know it’s a highly subjective term, but still please..

I found a set of pictures, toted as art by Ashkan Sahihi[/url], which are interesting to say the least.

The quote from the Village Voice[/url] being:

For a weirdly compelling portrait series titled “Cum Shots,” Sahihi asked his male and female sitters to bring along a male partner to ejaculate on their face just before the photo was taken. Because the subjects are seated fully clothed before a neutral studio backdrop, the results buzz with the tension between formality and abandon. Confronting the camera with semen splattered across their cheeks, each of these people has an odd post-coital glow–a flush of ebbing excitement that leaves them emotionally, totally naked.

The whole series is available HERE, there is one in particular which I find quite grotesque.

I mean excuse me for being some fucking back water redneck but what is artistic about that?

Is THIS art?

As I mentioned above, art is a subjective thing, but still please, isn’t art supposed to be something beautiful, possibly mystical and pleasing to the cognitive senses?

Art has evolved or devolved since post-modernism and the advent of ‘abstract’ art, some of which I can appreciate like Salvador Dali[/url]. If art has become something which is to shock, or evoke any kind of emotion, then well yes certainly this is art, but is that hat art is intended to be..

The classical definitions for art being..

The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty, specifically the production of the beautiful in a graphic or plastic medium. High quality of conception or execution, as found in works of beauty; aesthetic value.

Another leader in this area is the famous Damien Hurst, notably his ‘Away from the flock‘ piece as seen below.

A lamb preserved in formaldehyde.

Surely this is more suited to a biology expo rather than an art gallery?

So if I want to be an artist, I just have to evoke any emotion possible in the people viewing my ‘art‘ including repulsion, disgust or plain shock. Is this what art has become? Something devoid of beauty?

If I want to shock you I can just send you to or, does that make me an artist? Are the people that put these sites up artists?

Some of weird porn fetish scat shit disgusts me, does that mean it’s art aswell?

Where do we draw the line?

What is art to you, what does art mean to you?

For me if you want to see some beautiful art, by my definition check out, to me that is amazing.

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16 Responses to Art? What the hell is Art?

  1. FireAngel January 10, 2005 at 10:02 pm #



  2. letti January 10, 2005 at 10:26 pm #


  3. Toni January 10, 2005 at 11:19 pm #

    I understand that nowadays there’s a very loose definition of art, but come on- this is just ridiulous. This isn’t art- it’s simply bukkake. What’s artistic about any of these pictures? It’s just fucking gross.

  4. MrsT January 11, 2005 at 12:45 am #

    Eckkkkkkkkkkk…….. !!

  5. kimberlycun January 11, 2005 at 2:21 am #

    for me, anything aesthetically moving that takes intricate skill to create is art. capturing shots of people’s faces covered in cum is not art – yes, it’s a moving (as in grossin u out) series of pictures but definitely do not take loads of skills to do it. heck, i suspect many prepuberscents have actually done it what with abundance of digital cameras

  6. Catt January 11, 2005 at 8:25 am #

    A “flush of ebbing excitement?” The guy in the picture up there doesn’t look too thrilled to me.

    Just think, perhaps our generation will be remembered for crap like this – kind of like our own Renaissance. (/sarcasm)

  7. Ju-Lian January 11, 2005 at 8:53 pm #

    Yesterday’s dinner kinda…jumped up my throat. This is perverse.

  8. Micah January 11, 2005 at 11:42 pm #

    Any act that has the subject request “don’t get it in my eye” is not art.

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  10. dS January 12, 2005 at 12:54 am #

    if this is art, then i’m da vinci dude.

  11. Square1 January 12, 2005 at 3:17 am #

    There is a fine line between sensual and sexual, surprising and shocking. People can argue about the difference between art and pornography all day long and still reach no real guidelines for the difference, however… I think when body fluids start entering the picture (no pun intended… well o.k. maybe it was), there’s just no question about what it has become. As far as the lamb… I guess I could see how that might be construed as art… in the same way that Hitchcock, Poe, and Mary Shelley came to be known as literature… a well presented example of the shocking and macabre. The first series of pictures though is just disgusting.

  12. ShaolinTiger January 12, 2005 at 11:28 pm #

    Yeah that’s why I wrote about it, I mean art is art…but come on there has to a be a limit somewhere right..this is just plain sick.

    That’s why I chose it as an example.

  13. ShaolinTiger January 12, 2005 at 11:29 pm #

    Our generation will be remember for Jerry Springer and Oprah, sad isn’t it.

  14. ShaolinTiger January 12, 2005 at 11:31 pm #

    Well yeah, as it’s subjective, it’s all about your view point, there are no guidelines or distinct definitions.

    Only opinions and feelings.

    The lamb I consider more artistic but still really, still looks more like any old examply of taxidermy to me.

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