Oops. We got so caught up with talking to Jordan McKenzie about all the hubbub over his jizz-paintings yesterday, that we forgot to mention the equally shocking public shock over our pal Terence Koh's recent sculpture of Jesus with a raging hard on. In addition to the usual run of "clever headlines" in the tabloid pres (this one's not quite so clever, but is technically true), Terence has also been on the receiving end of a barrage of email from some well-meaning Christians offering a little constructive criticism of his work. You can read a pair of the best below.
Subject: Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
Date: January 13, 2008 10:23:11 AM EST
I had the great misfortune of having to see the Zabludowicz Collection at the Baltic Centre yesterday when a number of us - mainly Catholics - met to object to the blasphemous & pornographic image on show there. I viewed the pieces unwillingly but it was necessary so that I could raise my concerns with both the officials of the centre & with the police.
Apart from the fact that, in my opinion, none of the works in the collection show any merit whatsoever, I found it particularly offensive that your depiction of Jesus Christ with an erect penis should be based on a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which holds a place of special sanctity within our religion. Not only that but it seems as if you have simply copied an existing statue of the Sacred Heart & added the monstrosity as an afterthought. I wonder whether such an action might infringe on someone's copyright? You have no need to worry about someone infringing your copyright as, quite frankly, you have produced absolutely nothing worth copying.
It is said that you are Chinese & no doubt in the fullness of time that inhuman regime, which you appear to support, will reward you with some base honour - perhaps 'Hero of Pornography'? - for carrying out their avowed intent to remove all religion.
Many of us will continue to pray for you, the owner of the collection (who must have more money than sense) & the misguided officials of the Baltic Centre for allowing such disgusting images to be publicly displayed.
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
Date: January 13, 2008 10:41:47 PM EST
Subject: TERENCE KOH! turn to God and ask for forgiveness of your sins, if you do not then Hell is where you will go when you die and it will last for eternity
Dear Mr Koh
I went onto your website after hearing about your sculpture of Jesus Christ the Holy Son of God and I shouldn’t be surprised from what I saw, pornographic muck, what sort of a mind do you have? This is not art it is filth how do you dare vilify the Holy son of God! Jesus who was perfect love came to earth and died for your sins Mr Koh. I will pray that you will repent and ask God to forgive your sins.
“For GOD so loved TERENCE KOH that HE gave his only begotten SON, that if TERENCE KOH Believeth in HIM, TERENCE KOH shall not perish but have everlasting life” John 3 v 16.
Even you can be forgiven if you but turn to God and ask for forgiveness of your sins, if you do not then Hell is where you will go when you die and it will last for eternity turn now to the one you have vilified and be saved before it is too late.
Yours in Jesus Christ