Incredible – I have to give it to you that’s about as close to the “death of the artist” I have ever witnessed – or rather the transfiguration of the art medium to “life”. I admire your tenacity and bravery – I once saw an episode of some old Hammer Horror TV production and this was the premise. Two art dealers approached an ageing homeless guy – his back sported a tattoo by a famous artist – one offered to pay for a long and painful surgical procedure to remove it – he would be compensated with enough to live comfortably for ten years or so. The second dealer offered to exhibit him, he would only need to remove his shirt each day and would be rich beyond his dreams within 2 years. He obviously went for the second option.
‘Reigning Men‘ – Paul Baines
The closing scene featured a piece of skin displaying the tattoo, and finally a shot of the hobo dead in a dump truck. I know it’s off kilter but when you mentioned the vulnerability you felt when sitting in the gallery that old story jumped out of my long term memory. I totally respect what you’re doing, it’s a totally logical progression both artistically and socially for art to be “living”. The fact is the state and society has already objectified its people beyond measure – art can only reflect that. Congrats to the artist for this marvellous progression in art – this will eventually go down in history I am sure. – Paul Baines