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Gary Huck

Jesus of Nazareth Crown O' Thorns Ring Toss Game

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Artist Statement

I want this piece to work as a three-dimensional political cartoon. The irreverence of the piece reflects the irreverence I perceive in our society’s discussion of our government’s use of torture. There is a troubling disconnect in the almost casual nature of our conversation of what is and is not torture, who should or should not be tortured, and at the same time real, living, breathing, human beings are being tortured. There is an equally troubling disconnect in our indifference to our own direct complicity in these acts of torture when our government acts in our name. The Romans were less interested in the question of the divine nature of Christ and more concerned with his direct threat to the social order and thereby his direct threat to their Empire. The Romans used torture as a brutal deterrent to insurrection. As citizens of the empire we participate with our silence, we participate with our indifference. We participate.



About The Artist

Gary Huck is an internationally syndicated political cartoonist. He has co-authored six collections of political cartoons with cartoonist Mike Konopacki. His cartoons are archived at the //Tamiment Library// at NYU. He is the cartoon curator and graphic designer for the arts group ArtUp.


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