sebastian errazuriz: we are fucking angry sebastian errazuriz: we are fucking angry
jul 30, 2010

sebastian errazuriz: we are fucking angry

nozzle detail of ‘we are fucking angry’

chilean-born new york-based artist sebastian errazuriz seeks to create works which provoke people to think about their lives and question their daily routines. he is obsessed with the dichotomies of life and death, which is evident through his sculpture, public art work, consumer objects, furniture and fashion design.

‘we are fucking angry’

errazuriz’s recent project ‘we are fucking angry’ is a response to the recent BP oil spill that was a result of the deepwater horizon drilling rig explosion which occurred april 20, 2010 in the gulf of mexico. his own studio floor is covered in oil which was caused by minor spill accidents while trying to fabricate the piece that consists of an improvised black oil filled spray can grenade which has been painted gold. his studio spent an entire day testing different oil cans, industrial rubber bands and safety pins to construct it.

top view

the BP oil spill is the USA’s greatest environmental disaster. the endangered species coalition estimates that more than 40 endangered species could suffer including brown pelicans, sea turtles, least tern etc. ‘we are fucking angry’ was presented at an art screening organized by artist tom sachs, in which numerous art pieces responding to the disaster, were exhibited and auctioned at the wooly in new york, with all funds going towards helping the endangered species coalition.

sketch

‘it would be great if people at home could replicate the design and make their own improvised oil grenades to express their anger at BP. it would be the 2010 street art equivalent to the PETA manifestations of the 90s where they would throw glasses of black oil over haute couture fur coats in socialite events.’- sebastian errazuriz

  • So let me get this straight, your protesting about an oil spill (a terrible accident in an industry you rely on) by building a device that releases oil into the environment?

    Art really is pointless.

    MPMAO says:
  • haha! sometimes the most basic decisions goes wrong..

    daniel says:
  • This is the guy who made lamps with dissected animals, and now wants to protest agains destruction of the evironment?

    mil says:
  • @ MPMAO

    Since WWII, it’s been art because someone says it is. Which makes me question, Is it not art because I say it isn’t?

    SWH says:
  • wow this guy is a total pseud

    birdy says:
  • MPAO:
    The device was built to capture people’s imagination empowering them to demand a solution. By menacing BP executives with homemade oil grenades targeted at their suits cars and offices the piece is ironically illustrating the fantasy of a revenge: “An eye for an eye”.

    MIL:
    The Duck lamp was fabricated with a real taxidermy goose which had been thrown to a garbage dump by a museum. The goose had its neck broken, thus the idea to recycle it and give it new life.

    SWH:
    I think you have a good point. An artist should be entitled to negate the artistic quality of an object with the same principles he or she can use to designate something as art.

    Sebastian Errazuriz says:
  • I think this project is already doing its job because it definitely caught all of your attention!

    Gotcha says:
  • wow

    mod-Ernest says:
  • I don´t beleive it !!!!!

    ed says:
  • Sebastian Errazuriz
    “An eye for and eye” makes the assumption that the original act was intentional – which could not be further from the truth!

    MPMAO says:
  • I’m glad they only spent one day on this.

    bill says:
  • Mr.

    why don´t you recycle just objetcs is a fact that dead animal no need help to be recycled. made lamps with dead animal is just a bizarre bussines.

    mil says:
  • Great, now how about a piece about Bhopal if your that angry about industrial disasters!

    DatP says:
  • ..while understanding what you’re trying to do, I can observe that it might be a bit ‘old-fashioned’ to use the retaliation paradigm to make your point. It seems to me that the mind-set requiring personal attack upon the ‘suits’ in (apparent) control of oil companies is as much an ego-driven travesty as is that which encourages exploitation of a resource with material gain as it’s primary aim. The notion of spreading more oil, in an uncontrolled manner, into the environment must be questioned, also. Hopefully, we are agreed that the oil per se is less the problem than is the greed. (With responsible use since the emergence of it’s industry, oil could have been a fuel source for centuries to come…while benefitting from current technological developments which are using less of it to do increased work, and with less environmental impact.)
    …but please understand; you have my empathy, and admiration for carrying the strength of your convictions into the studio and realising a piece. Perhaps with a little more thought (and less angst) one could have come upon a symbology which spoke as strongly, but with less enviromental impact. Am hoping that you keep on with your art……and, by the way, love your fabrication; skill is apparent.

    james says:
  • MPMAO:
    To assume is to make an ass out of u & me 😉
    The intention is not to spill more oil but to galvanize people into action. It is a functional conceptual art piece.

    Datp:
    Thank you for bringing to my attention the tragedy of Bhopal. I will think about it. There are many talented artists in India who can best speak about this disaster.

    James:
    I wish you all the best.

    Sebastian Errazuriz says:
  • i never thought this “comment” thing was an open door for the artist to cover his ass with explanations !!!
    Is not that the point of art? you do your piece, we observe it and comment it, NO need of the reply of the artist, your work should talk by itself.

    camila says:
  • I welcome the discussion going on here, but the piece does seem a bit impulsive and not well thought out. Not only are there environmental implications, but its very fabrication requires the purchase of a product that uses oil, which in turn continues our dependence on oil. There must be more constructive ways to get this point across…

    PS. Totally agree with Camila, if the supposed artist is indeed defending himself, he should put that energy into his next project instead.

    PPS. I must acknowledge that the artist has sparked a discussion with this piece, but in my opinion: not the right one.

    MWP says:
  • good work, I like it a lot

    dmp says:
  • What nonsense.
    Art is in the eye . . . . . . As for me, all I see is a no-talent, pompous wannabe, probably living off the government teat, and taking pot-shots at those who actually work for a living and make the economy/world function.
    Try directing your efforts in support of those who protect you and actually run the companies (small and large) who tirelessly keep the economy chugging along so you can even exist.

    Wayne - Atlanta says:
  • great… more cfcs in the air. I really hope no one reproduces this, functionally its pretty useless, and symbolically its pretty banal.

    teenage angst says:
  • After reading the decription of the work and undertsanding the issue, this piece is quite poignant and obviously meant to signify the metaphorical revengeful angst that we all feel, from some primitive reactionary element from deep within in our DNA. It’s also obvious that it’s not a literal product to be distributed to the masses, rather the meaning and intention is meant to be broadcast via mass media, such as this blog.

    BP is irresponsible, let’s make no quarms about that. They should be given the choice of being sent to the wall via a class action and federal fines, or made to implement renewable alternatives across their whole business model.

    A few points on the bloggers:
    Camila + MWP: This is a weblog, everybody has the right to reply, whether they are the artist or not.
    Wayne: Your patriotism is obvious, sadly your understanding of how the world/economy functions and how humans exist is poorly informed.
    Sebastian: Interesting bit of work, nevermind the critics!

    cagey says:

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