Piss Christ, A New Style Of Art

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Wang 1Word 819Audrey Wang8 Oct 2013Piss Christ, a new style of artAs we all know, Jesus Christ is a sought after image not only for painters but also for photographers. When we think about this kind of picture, we will think that most of the artists will chose to show Jesus Christ's sanctity and glory to their audience. They will create this kind of picture in a mystical way. They will draw Jesus Christ as he is a god not a kind of normal person. But Andres Serrano is totally different from other artists. Serrano's photograph, "Piss Christ", has expressed this familiar image of Christ in a creative and unprecedented way, which is so unusual that many viewers find it offensive.In this photograph, of 60 inches by 40 inches, Serrano shows a small plastic crucifix supporting the body of Jesus Christ submerged in a glass of the artist's urine. Some believed that the liquid in the bottle also contains the blood of the artist. The background color of the picture is mostly red and yellow. Red is associated with danger, anger, murder, blood and unfortunate event. Yellow is connected with caution, cowardice, and warning of hazards. Mostly painters will use color like white and brown. White is attached to peaceful, angel, purity, and cleanliness. Brown is come with comfortable, stable, dependable, and wholesome. Serrano explained that the reason why he made this picture is to show his love of Jesus Christ. He always regards himself as a true Christian. He explained the aim of the drawing is "adding that the French attack 'destroyed' the piece, but, it transformed 'Piss Christ' into something else." (Serrano)He also explained that "In hindsight, I'd sayWang 2Piss Christ is a reflection of my work, not only as an artist, but as a Christian." (Serrano)Most photographer explain their mind of Jesus Christ just find a crucifix and make it clean and dry then take a picture of it. No one was thinking about put crucifix into the liquid. But Serrano did. He believed that put plastic crucifix into the urine can symbolize Jesus Christ's suffering. Everyone knows that you will feel extremely awful if you are submerged in water for a long time. The crucifix was not in the water, it was in the urine. Urine is a typically sterile liquid by-product of the body secreted by the kidneys through a process called urination and excreted through the urethra. Urine is a common...

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