From the deep and real (last blog) to the sick and twisted. Welcome to my world. Readers, I know you are busy but just take a minute to link, open and read this HuffPo Weird article (see below). Dont be alarmed by the content. Dont worry that it’s about a self-proclaimed “shock porn artist”, Ira Isaacs, who might go to jail for producing, directing and starring in a filth-ridden porno film involving himself having sex with two women and eating his own shit. That’s right. You read it correctly. First, what is “shock art”? You may assume it is just art that is so shockingly bad that your first thought is, “WTF, are you kidding me? Why is that hanging in here with Picasso and Renoir? Or, if it’s art film, say like The Tree of Life, you might just conclude that it’s over your head and meant only to be seen and interpreted by wise rabbinical Sages, reincarnated Tibetan Lamas and paranoid schizophrenics.
Shock art is defined as follows: Shock art is contemporary art that incorporates disturbing imagery, sound or scents to create a shocking experience. It is a way to disturb smugs, complacent and hypocritical people. Strangely, the younger generation appear barely fazed by a film narrative and plot involving a guy eating shit and having sex, and then calling it shock porn art. In fact they are more likely to respond, “Oh yeah, I saw something like that online…no big deal. Kinda stupid”. Right. No big deal. In contrast, older Jewish audience members are more inclined to react viscerally and then, as is their inclination, with a certain amount of circumspect intellectual interest, ie., “Oy, that’s disgusting! Wait, is he Jewish (he was, of course…)? Does his mother know? and finally, “How do you make a living eating your own dreck and shtupping shiksas?? Is he successful? Oy Veh ist mir…”
Finally, there are always the outliers. I’m referring to the various subgroups of people who 1) have a vested interest in legal interpretations of obscenity (can you spell attorneys?) 2) live in Boulder Colorado or Berkeley California and have found that eating your own fecal matter is not only good for the environment but replenishes ones gut flora and intestinal health 3) are performance artists who are all about “pushing the shit envelope” and breaking the bonds of social and sexual oppression and cultural prejudice against poop-eaters, and finally 4) compulsive masturbators (not that there’s anything wrong with masturbation) who have nearly exhausted their endless pornographic/fetishistic thirst for novel forms of auto-arousal, ie. “Dude, Two Girls One Cup is so yesterday. I cant even get morning wood from it….”, etc.