The Edmonton Arts Council has failed. They got some art by Ryan McCourt thrown out of an exhibition for the silly reason that they were “offended” by it — these were statues of the Indian god, Ganesha, in modern poses. That was feeble enough, but now McCourt was hoping to donate a sculpture to the city, and the Arts Council has found an amazing new reason to reject it.
My parents, who also live in Edmonton, decided that they would like to donate a sculpture of mine, entitled “Destroyer of Obstacles,” to the City of Edmonton’s civic art collection. They assembled a gift donation package with photos of the work, background information, and an independent gallery appraisal of it’s $20,000 value, and submitted this to the Edmonton Arts Council. After much delay, my parents were informed that, in order to make their decision on whether the City would accept the gift, they would first need to see pictures of the sculpture “under the kilt.”
Previously, those petitioning to have my sculptures removed had specifically complained that two of the sculptures showed Ganesha nude (genitals exposed). "Destroyer of Obstacles," however, is depicted fully clothed. So, the EAC was demanding to see whether this Ganesha was secretly nude underneath its clothes.
Shhh. Don’t tell anyone, but I’m parading around town today in a state of total nakedness under my clothes. I plan to smirk knowingly at everyone I meet, because I know they’re also buck naked beneath their pants.
Hey, can I demand photos of what’s “under the kilt” of the members of the Edmonton Arts Council? I have a suspicion that they’re lewdly walking about with genitals down there, under a few ineffective layers of cloth.
I am also amused by the fact that if the city of Florence ever got tired of Michaelangelo’s David and decided to bestow it on the city of Edmonton, they’d have to turn it down because it isn’t even wearing any pants.