Offensive doesn’t begin to describe this idea. You can see pictures from the exhibit here.
An upcoming art exhibit in Toronto could raise eyebrows with its use of violent images involving people such as U.S. President Barack Obama and Pope Benedict XVI.
A series of 30 paintings and four sculptures by Peter Alexander Por is scheduled to open at the Bezpala Brown Gallery on Feb. 5. Titled Persona Non Grata – The Veil of History, the exhibit is intended to portray “the story of oppression, pain, suffering, persecution and death,” according to a statement from the art gallery released Thursday.
Among the paintings to be displayed is one of the Pope, in which the portrait is riddled with bullet holes. The gallery said this particular work is “a less than subtle expression of the hurt and anger directed at a pontiff and an institution that has abandoned its flock, choosing to focus on dogma while its subjects suffer and, in many instances, die from its archaic policies.”
Obama is shown nailed to a cross, with the gallery saying he is cast as “a victim, crucified in the wake of special and distorted interests.”
Por is a Toronto artist who was born in Hungary during the Second World War and raised a Catholic.
There’s more here.