sebastian errazuriz at seventeen gallery, london
sebastian errazuriz at seventeen gallery, london sebastian errazuriz at seventeen gallery, london
nov 24, 2010

sebastian errazuriz at seventeen gallery, london

left: sebastian errazuriz’s version of diego velazquez’s ‘the crucifixion’ (christ on the cross) right: the real version of diego velazquez’s famous painting

chilean-born new york-based artist / designer sebastian errazuriz presents a new work at the seventeen gallery, london as part of the ‘dirty kunst’ exhibition curated by christian viveros-fauné.

his untitled piece consists of a portable battery operated projector designed to go into churches to project a more revealing yet human image of diego velazquez’s ‘the crucifixion’ (christ on the cross).

the portable projector

here is a conversation between errazuriz and a friend inquiring about the reasoning behind the transformation of the velazquez’s famous crucifixion, removing the loin cloth and revealing christ completely naked:

the real shocker is not the size of his pecker, but the simplicity of how quietly unsettling it is for a christian raised person to see god completely naked, vulnerable as a man. if this was an historical event, you can be sure jesus died naked and there was no roman soldier worried about the knot on his cloth sipping in the process. ‘hey guys stop the whipping and dragging, I think his cloth is slipping off!’

the slightly enlarged size of ‘the lord’s’ penis is there as a sub-layer of info; trying to make christians feel self-conscious for perhaps being the only ones to notice that jesus’ penis is actually bigger than normal, and then probably feeling guilty for staring at it too long.

the image includes a photoshopped frame, so that when it is projected guerrilla style inside a dark church, it becomes a religious painting, snuck within the holy walls ‘banksy style’, to reveal itself to the nuns and spinsters on their knees. the split second image of the nuns ‘dick flashing master’, naked in agonizing / orgasmic self-accepted ‘passion’ should be permanently burned into their brains; thus immediately triggering and unveiling all their subconscious hidden fantasies about giving themselves in mind, body and soul in their lord jesus christ.

alternate view of the projector

sketch of the scenario

sketch of the scenario

  • Show some respect.

    Matty W says:
  • What a load of bollox!

    JAH says:
  • great, real natural and human, probably also more authentic.

    bosrijk says:
  • As an artist he seems to be regressing, his earlier works are much more thought provoking. Now we have one per month they are loosing substance – becoming juvenile and rather crude.

    Jimmy says:
  • Considering that Sebastian come from a catholic school, this is, totally disrespectful, with the people inside de church. Maybe just for a painting or photo.

    Juan Cristobal says:
  • Totally cheeky! Art that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

    turrell says:
  • When it comes to controversy, there is barely any degree of difference between this and some of banksy’s more scandalous work, like the one of queen victoria getting a muff dive. So why is this one getting all the heat? A bit lackluster when it comes to actual measurable skills, but it’s bold and inventive nontheless.

    cale says:
  • …i’ve seen bigger.

    gillian says:
  • A controversial piece for sure, but I think he’s gone about this in a modest way. It could have been completely vulgar.

    I think if Errazuriz’s version had just been presented to us without any context, rather than directly compared to
    Velazquez’s original, it wouldn’t have been so blatantly obvious that Jesus’ loin cloth is removed.

    PS says:
  • in Russia, some crazy orthodoxes will judge artist for Christ’s penis

    lsdforkids says:
  • @cale; Say what you will about the piece itself, but do you have any idea what kind of “measurable skill” comes into play in producing a near-exact reproduction in oil paint of the work of a masterful painter who spent his entire 16th-century life learning how to paint that original painting? I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to paint anything, but do me a favor and go pick up a brush and try to do what Errazuriz did.

    @cale says:
  • OMG how shocking!

    lsd for grannies says:
  • He didn’t produce “a near-exact reproduction in oil paint…” He Photoshopped a penis onto a photographic reproduction of the original. A skill most college graphics majors possess.

    yerma says:

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