Basel's Weirdest Art: A Vagina Wall and Trailers Full of Dildos (NSFW)

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photo by Carlos Suarez de Jesus
Fidel on ice, anyone?

Tens of thousands of people packed dozens of Basel-week fairs for all kinds of reasons: to buy and sell masterpieces, to network, to see the next big visionaries before they blow up. But let's be honest. You probably attended for the same reason most folks did: to ogle the weirdest art you could find.

New Times carefully combed through millions of exhibits to find the five craziest pieces on display this past weekend. Click through for (NSFW) photos.

photo by Carlos Suarez de Jesus

Plucked geese
At Art Miami, Shen Shaomin's work turned heads and stomachs thanks to his sculpture of two perfectly lifelike Canadian geese, completely plucked of their feathers. If the nude geese weren't creepy enough, tiny motors inside the birds caused them to jerk around spontaneously as spectators leaned in. One visitor, 16-year-old Joseph Castro, nearly jumped out of his shoes. "[It's] psychedelic," Castro said. "This is all very strange to me." You can say that again.

The dildo trailer
A classic Airstream trailer was parked right in the middle of South Beach's Collins Park. Spectators who peeked inside didn't find an urban camping trip, but a roomful of blown-glass dildos. Or not! Artist Randy Polumbo, who previously made a flower out of butt plugs and other sex toys, says the glass works aren't necessarily phalli. "One could say they are pistils and stamens," he says. "Saying these shapes are dildos is like calling the Washington Monument one." Which it totally is.

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16 comments
Leo Martinez
Leo Martinez

The carnival ride with live naked people was pretty extraordinary.

Steve Sylus
Steve Sylus

whether you think it's garbage or stupid or not, art is people expressing themselves. If a motherfucker likes dildos and other shit you call "garbage" then so be it, they have every right and freedom to express that. Would rather censor them or there be a rule where anyone can't express what they want?

Ace Greene
Ace Greene

I'll believe it when your favorite response isn't "your momma." I've got two years of inbox messages to prove it. Fish.

Ace Greene
Ace Greene

That's right, his mom gets final say when it........Oh......HOA.

Jimi Santoli
Jimi Santoli

I'm gonna dump some dildos on Gabe's lawn and call it art!

Ace Greene
Ace Greene

Trailer full of dildos? That's Jimi Santoli's area of expertise.

Gabriel Geronimo Pedraza
Gabriel Geronimo Pedraza

I wouldn't know what good art is if a trailer full of dildos slammed into my house. But I do know stupid shit when I see it.

Ace Greene
Ace Greene

Enlighten everyone, Gabe. Step up and let the masses know what good art is.

Gabriel Geronimo Pedraza
Gabriel Geronimo Pedraza

Seems like every year I read about things that get weirder and weirder. Sorry excuses for art. Seems like people are taking out creativity and substituting it with shock-value. And they get away with it because no one can question what it good art or garbage.

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

Somebody please stop this nonsense. This isn't art, it's tasteless garbage. Makes me even more thankful I wasn't there for this stupidity. To be bombarded by it, we should be able to sue these self proclaimed artists. Maybe I ought to go crap on their front door welcome mat at their home and tell them I'm an artist too ?

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