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"Each individual should allow reason to guide his conduct, or like an animal, he will need to be led by a leash."
Diogenes of Sinope

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Thousand Flowers tapestry (15th Century) - Beaune, France (detail)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Let the beheadings begin

Canadian embassies should probably batten down the hatches in anticipation of rioting mobs of Baptists and Lutherans outraged at blasphemous images of their Saviour published by an Ottawa newspaper.

Xtra! , a weekly tabloid that bills itself as "Ottawa's gay and lesbian newspaper", has a cover story this week profiling poet and performance artist Danniel Oickle, accompanied by the illustration shown at right:
Pop music, avant-garde performance, video, photography and painting — Oickle is without a doubt one of Ottawa’s most prolific artists, producing work at an astonishing rate in a variety of mediums. It was just last March that Xtra called Oickle’s multidisciplinary performance work Corruption of Flesh “a piece where sexuality and religion collide to electric effect.”
Oickle draws inspiration for his work from his childhood in a strict Christian family:
Oickle was raised in a straight-laced Baptist military family. As harsh as that sounds for a creative queer kid, it was his early experiences singing in church and being home schooled by his artistic parents that sparked his interest in becoming an artist.
All I can add is the observation that it's a good thing he wasn't born in a straight-laced Shiite family in Pakistan.


Anonymous said...

It does not matter what these people say, nor how many laws they work in their fasvour, nor how many times they use the HRC to bludgeon my disdain... if they keep doing shit like this I will never accept them... never. Why would I? There is no repsct here.

Anonymous said...

The depiction of the cult leader doesn't bother me, but that is one UGLY dog.

Frances said...

Looks as if he's being electrocuted by his halo.

Jon said...

I used to work with this guy when I lived in Ottawa. Small world.