ARTIST STARVES DOG AS EXHIBITION. HE'S DOING IT AGAIN THIS YEAR. SIGN THE PETITION TO STOP HIM.

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    Apr 11, 2008 11:03 PM GMT
    hey everybody,
    this guy is f*cking sick. There is a link at the bottom to sign a petition to stop the next exhibition. Its easy, takes two minutes, and may help stop this guy. i hope it does. I also created a blog at http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=8977455&blogID=376996974 with the same info. Pass it on to as many ppl as you can. this just isn't right.








    In 2007, the 'artist' Guillermo Vargas Habacuc, took
    a dog from the street,
    tied him to a rope in an art gallery, and starved
    him to death.






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    For several days, the 'artist' and the visitors of
    the exhibition have
    watched emotionless the shameful 'masterpiece' based
    on the dog's agony,
    until eventually he died.






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    Does it look like art to you?






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    But this is not all... the prestigious Visual Arts
    Biennial of the Central
    American decided that the 'installation' was
    actually art, so that
    Guillermo Vargas Habacuc has been invited to repeat
    his cruel action for the
    biennial of 2008.







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    PLEASE HELP STOP HIM.








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    It takes a second to help put a stop to animal abuse.




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    sign the petetion to stop this asshole by going to http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vd3d3LnBldGl0aW9ub25saW5lLmNvbS9lYTZnay9wZXRpdGlvbi5odG1s




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    Until Every cage is empty.




  • swimbikerun

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    Apr 11, 2008 11:17 PM GMT
    While I do not agree with what the artist is doing, art by its very nature is meant to provoke and stir emotions.
    Only a few centuries ago, it was quite common practice to torture cats and dogs and no one even gave it a passing thought.


    One person posted: "Someone should tie the ARTIST up and starve HIM to death." Now that would be portrait in irony!
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    Apr 12, 2008 1:27 AM GMT
    This guy is sick !!!!! but who is sicker, the idiots viewing this exibit and not protesting it, and demanding an end to it, or the one getting the attention, thereby PAID !!!!(I assume) If his exibit got no attention, he wouldn't do it.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 12, 2008 1:44 AM GMT
    I'm surprised he could ever do something like this. It is horrible.

    By the way... I wish you would have put up a warning to us that we were going to see pictures of this dog.
    The whole thing bothers me.
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    Apr 12, 2008 2:00 AM GMT
    I think that if I lived near to where this exibit is, I'd steal the dog, and dare anyone to prosecute me for doing it, and taking it home to feed and love it.
  • metlboy

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    Apr 12, 2008 2:41 AM GMT
    swimbikerun saidWhile I do not agree with what the artist is doing, art by its very nature is meant to provoke and stir emotions.
    Only a few centuries ago, it was quite common practice to torture cats and dogs and no one even gave it a passing thought.


    One person posted: "Someone should tie the ARTIST up and starve HIM to death." Now that would be portrait in irony!



    Yeah, Hitler was one hell of an artist, right? He sure provoked and stirred emotions, so, yeah, WHAT THE FUCK?

    A few centuries ago, it was also common practice to OWN SLAVES, so I guess that's cool too. Pull your head out, man.
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    Apr 12, 2008 2:57 AM GMT
    This is an inhumane, cruel "interpretation" of what and why "ART" is supposed to provoke strong emotions.

    Why not just take all of the death row inmates to an "ART GALLERY" and perfom their "death sentances" there, "on stage", for the paying customers? Would it be any more or less offensive to common decency? Or maybe just take the bloody remains of a dismembered accident victim and use their blood and body parts to "paint" the inside of a canvas covered room? Absolutely nauseating and has no redeaming artistic quality....It needs to be stopped. This entire thread upsets me too much....icon_eek.gif
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    Apr 12, 2008 4:08 AM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidI'm surprised he could ever do something like this. It is horrible.

    By the way... I wish you would have put up a warning to us that we were going to see pictures of this dog.
    The whole thing bothers me.


    I agree...this was disgusting to look at.

    I'm going to go give Ethel and Marty some doggie treats right now.
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    Apr 12, 2008 4:08 AM GMT
    realifedad said I think that if I lived near to where this exibit is, I'd steal the dog, and dare anyone to prosecute me for doing it, and taking it home to feed and love it.


    Right on, dad.
  • swimbikerun

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    Apr 12, 2008 4:14 AM GMT
    metlboy said[/quote]
    Yeah, Hitler was one hell of an artist, right? He sure provoked and stirred emotions, so, yeah, WHAT THE FUCK?

    A few centuries ago, it was also common practice to OWN SLAVES, so I guess that's cool too. Pull your head out, man.


    Actually no Hitler was not a very good artist at all.
    "He was rejected twice by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna ( 1907–1908 ), citing 'unfitness for painting,'"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitler
    Chill out metlboy, I'm just pointing out that the morality or immorality of what this guy is doing is not necessarily set in stone throughout all time. Frankly that was the only meaningful reflection that came to me regarding this.
    It has no artistic value since it requires no personal sacrifice from the artist and has no aesthetic value.

    Honestly, what is different from this clown tying up a dog and some sadist doing the same thing?
    The only thing going is the shock value and even that depends on morality which is not necessarily timeless and changes from person to person.
    This "exhibit" is a total failure.
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    Apr 12, 2008 4:39 AM GMT
    This is upsetting! Don't they have animal cruelty laws? The artist makes some claim that the dog is going to starve to death in the wild anyway, but he's not chained up in the wild. There's no way this would fly in the US. It's sick!
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    Apr 12, 2008 7:28 AM GMT
    HOLY FUCK

    I SIGNED THE PETITION AGAINST HIM LAST YEAR! icon_evil.gif

    He's doing it again?!!!

    Fixed the link:

    The link doesn't work, by the way. icon_confused.gif
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    Apr 12, 2008 8:20 AM GMT
    If this act would have remained in the artist's mind, or been portrayed by actors or simulacrum, it would have been art. But society is not served by the cruel death of this dog. Art serves man, and cannot be divorced from him. If the act does not serve man, it is not art.

    Suitable punishment should be found for this man. And I will call it art, since it will be an act that serves us.
  • Grimlock

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    Apr 12, 2008 8:23 AM GMT
    Decided to do a quick google on this story to see if it really is true. There appears to be a lot of different versions of the story out there. One version stated that the artist actually adopted the dog once the exhibit was done. Snopes.com (a great reference site for urban legends) has rated it's authenticity as undetermined.

    Full details of the findings from snopes can be found at:
    http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/vargas.asp

    javaman9999 saidThis is upsetting! Don't they have animal cruelty laws? The artist makes some claim that the dog is going to starve to death in the wild anyway, but he's not chained up in the wild. There's no way this would fly in the US. It's sick!


    One site indicated that Costa Rica(artist's hometown) does have animal cruelty laws, but Nicaragua (where the exhibit was held) does not.
  • kinetic

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    Apr 12, 2008 8:57 AM GMT
    swimbikerun saidWhile I do not agree with what the artist is doing, art by its very nature is meant to provoke and stir emotions.
    Only a few centuries ago, it was quite common practice to torture cats and dogs and no one even gave it a passing thought.


    One person posted: "Someone should tie the ARTIST up and starve HIM to death." Now that would be portrait in irony!


    David Blaine did that in LDN a few years back. He was suspended in a box by Tower Bridge. People would go and throw fast food at him (one guy hit golf balls at him!) and eat in his face while he was in there for 40 days and nights. I went down to the South Bank (where he was at) the night of his 'release' and he was an emotional wreck. But then again, fasting for over a month will prolly do that to you!
    I don't get this dog business tho. Its like,-oh yr sooo bad-ass starving a helpless dog. Yr really making people think.. -yea rite, what a loser. I'd pop him one in the nose and call it art if I ever met the sick fuck. icon_twisted.gif

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    Apr 12, 2008 8:58 AM GMT
    I came across this last year on DeviantArt, it certainly seems genuine enough.

    The name of the artist was Guillermo Habacuc Vargas

    Here was the original petition I signed:

    http://www.petitiononline.com/13031953/petition.html

    I think parts of it is true (the gallery checks out, etc.) But yeah, probably heavily embellished already.

    Anyway, the act itself stirs deep disgust in me, that I signed that petition without checking it first. LOL anyway, let's hope this new 'exhibition' isn't true.

    “Hello everyone. My name is Guillermo Habacuc Vargas. I am 50 years old and an artist. Recently, I have been critisized for my work titled “Eres lo que lees”, which features a dog named Nativity. The purpose of the work was not to cause any type of infliction on the poor, innocent creature, but rather to illustrate a point. In my home city of San Jose, Costa Rica, tens of thousands of stray dogs starve and die of illness each year in the streets and no one pays them a second thought. Now, if you publicly display one of these starving creatures, such as the case with Nativity, it creates a backlash that brings out a big of hypocrisy in all of us. Nativity was a very sick creature and would have died in the streets anyway.”
  • MattyC0709

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    Apr 12, 2008 8:58 AM GMT
    WTF?! Since when has the suffering of dogs, or any animal for that matter, has been considered as an art?! And wtf with the visitors at the exhibition? They must have been blind not to see the poor animal die like that!

    swimbikerun saidOne person posted: "Someone should tie the ARTIST up and starve HIM to death." Now that would be portrait in irony!

    I totally agree! icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gificon_razz.gificon_wink.gif
  • kinetic

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    Apr 12, 2008 9:04 AM GMT
    muttskins saidWTF?! Since when has the suffering of dogs, or any animal for that matter, has been considered as an art?! And wtf with the visitors at the exhibition? They must have been blind not to see the poor animal die like that!

    [quote][cite]swimbikerun said[/cite]One person posted: "Someone should tie the ARTIST up and starve HIM to death." Now that would be portrait in irony!

    I totally agree! icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gificon_razz.gificon_wink.gif[/quote]

    Ida dognapped him and been like 'If u ain't got no Alpo -then gitcho bitch asses outta my way!'
  • MattyC0709

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    Apr 12, 2008 9:36 AM GMT
    kinetic saidIda dognapped him and been like 'If u ain't got no Alpo -then gitcho bitch asses outta my way!'

    Yeah, maybe a bunch of us should go save the next dog that's about to turn into a shameless piece of art.

    Or maybe... does anyone know where to find UNDERDOG, my favourite heroic beagle?! icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gificon_razz.gificon_wink.gif
  • eckilegs

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    Apr 12, 2008 10:35 AM GMT
    If someone did it to a human and called it "art", would that make it ok?

    If it's deemed art to disembowel a dog, does that make it ok?

    Sorry, I'm usually very open minded, but I can't quite see two sides on this one.
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    Apr 12, 2008 1:02 PM GMT
    I wonder what sort of life the dog would have led on the streets. Would it have starved to death regardless in a short enough time?

    Since its allowed inside the exhibits country then a petition can only go so far. Is the petition just going to the artist? Or the local government?

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    Apr 12, 2008 1:25 PM GMT
    Trance23 saidI wonder what sort of life the dog would have led on the streets. Would it have starved to death regardless in a short enough time?





    That is actually the point the artist seems to be making. People walk by abandoned dogs in Costa Rica everyday without a second thought. By confronting your own outrage, you are also face to face with your own hypocrisy.
    It is not enough to simply wake people up, you have to give them something to do.. otherwise we quickly fall back into unconsciousness.
    I see the where the conception of the idea came from, however sick, but it is upsetting to me that someone could even step foot in that gallery knowing what they are about to see.
    We know children are starving in around the world everyday... should we watch someone starve to death for the sake of awaking our consciousness? Do we need to be shocked to wake up or think?

    It reminds me of this circus in a small town Italy that featured two enslaved lithuanian teenaged girls forced to climb into a piranha tank and play with poisonous snakes. It wasn't until one of the paying customers complained about the trembling crying girl in the tank and the snake bitten girl that they were saved. THOUSANDS of others paid to see the show without complaining. This was in 2008.

    I worry when a suffering animal is performance Art and trembling girls are cheap entertainment.

    In this case, art is simply holding a mirror up to a society and we are not liking what we are seeing.
    Instead of simply signing a petition to stop this particular installation, perhaps it would be more logical to make a small donation to the humane society to prevent more dogs from dying of starvation.


    dog fighting, sick cows being mistreated, puppy mills, starving dogs in galleries. It is never ending folks. If you are upset about this, then do something about it.
    Just having an opinion is meaningless if you aren't doing anything to help.
    spay and neuter your dogs.. adopt from a shelter.. support small farms.. All of these are reasonable actions to take if you are upset about animal welfare.
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    Apr 12, 2008 1:40 PM GMT
    Thank you MNJock for saying everything I wanted to with half the vitriol. You are a better man than I am.


    realifedad said This guy is sick !!!!! but who is sicker, the idiots viewing this exibit and not protesting it, and demanding an end to it, or the one getting the attention, thereby PAID !!!!(I assume) If his exibit got no attention, he wouldn't do it.


    The whole 'watch an animal die before your very eyes!' thing has been done by a bunch of different artists over the last decade and under many different circumstances. Invariably people protest, try to steel the animal or break the exhibit in some way. People seem to care about the suffering of one animal way more than they do for the thousands or starving dogs or their fellow men.
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    Apr 12, 2008 1:54 PM GMT
    In China they line up buses to surround lions kept at the point of near starvation, they put live cows inside the ring with them. The audience inside the buses can pay money to shoot live chickens into the ring as well. It's a hit entertainment.

    Ever wonder where seaworld gets its show stars?

    Animal abuse occurs the world over, you can't really avoid it or stop it.
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    Apr 12, 2008 1:55 PM GMT
    Trance23 saidIn China they line up buses to surround lions kept at the point of near starvation, they put live cows inside the ring with them. The audience inside the buses can pay money to shoot live chickens into the ring as well. It's a hit entertainment.

    I'll have to edit this post with the youtube vid.


    If anyone knows how to treat animals and people humanely, it's CHINA.