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Puke Art: First Time Comedy, Second Time … Gross?

by Hrag Vartanian on March 14, 2014

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Lady Gaga seems intent on regurgitating recent art history for something that might make a splash. Whether it’s Jana Sterbak, ColetteTaras Polataiko, or Orlan, there are lots of artists who seem like obvious influences for Gaga, or at the very least claim to have influenced her pop persona and aesthetic.

Now, Mother Monster’s latest cause of artistic excitement is someone who keeps coming up in her world, vomit artist Millie Brown.

The London artist likes to upchuck pigments mixed with soy milk on canvas, but last night during Gaga’s concert in Austin, Texas, for SXSW, she streamed her soy-based paint onto a white apron being worn by the pop princess herself.

According to Gawker, “Later in the set, the two scissored on top of a giant mechanical bull suspended from the ceiling, while Millie coated Gaga in black vomit.”

The thing about shock art is that it’s usually better the first time around. Speaking of which … back in 1998, Toronto artist Jumal Brown (what is it about artists named Brown?!) puked up primary colors at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Museum of Modern Art — and his was unsanctioned.

According to the New York Times, which reported on the incident at the time, the artist, who vomited blue in front of a painting by Piet Mondrian at MoMA, “acknowledged that he intentionally defaced the painting, ‘Composition in Red, White and Blue,’ in what he contended was an artistic statement about ‘oppressively trite and painfully banal’ art.”

We can only assume that the Brit Brown is probably saying something else with her work, though I think you could make the case that most pop culture is “oppressively trite and painfully banal.”

You have to give Gaga some credit, though — watching her performances, you never know what’s going to come up.

Gawker also mentioned that “the whole thing was sponsored by Doritos.” #fitting

In case these Instagram videos disappear, you can watch the short video clip over at Gawker since the YouTube video has been removed.

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  • Daniel Fleming

    nothing is shocking about doing something NOT the first time….

  • Den Hickey

    So the Gimmick Monster has a new trick this week. Who cares?

  • Eric

    not art.

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