Vomitus gratia artis

by Fitzroy on February 23, 2010

Or is it Ars gratia vomitus? Art comes in many offensive forms these days, and there is certainly an audience that delights in being offended. I suspect that audiences drawn to offensive art usually retain some deniability, presuming that the offensive stuff is really directed at others – those too close-minded to patronize this art or maybe just the guy in the next seat.

But the offensiveness is hard to shake off when the performer vomits in your lap.

Not metaphorically, mind you, but with all the stink and bile of half-digested bouillabaisse and cheesecake.

Unless you’re Susan Sarandon, in which case you will profess to enjoy the experience – nay, find it aesthetically profound:

A transsexual cabaret performer named Rose Wood engaged in projectile vomiting on stage and hit Sarandon with it.

Standing nearby were Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber.

According to Wood it was not intended as an affront to the actress and she didn’t take it that way.

“Apparently [Sarandon] got a big kick out of it. She squealed with surprise and loved it when several handsome gentlemen wiped it off of her. She had a ball! I saw her assistant downstairs afterward, and he was moved by it! She was in great spirits,” Wood told the New York Press.

Wood explains that vomiting on people is fitting is this establishment.

Yes, there is something terribly fitting about it, and it tells us all we really need to know about both the performer and the audience. It’s enough to make you puke.


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mojo February 27, 2010 at 9-6:26 pm

I believe they refer to that as “avant-garde”, which apparently is French for “look out!”

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