Rebellious Sydney art stays safe:
In his exhibition Cupco Is God, the artist Luke Temby has turned [the Pope and L.Ron Hubbard] into hand-stitched plush dolls. He has made a Jesus doll, a Satan doll and various Indian gods. His Queen Elizabeth is the Church of England’s representative of God on Earth, and his Joan of Arc is listening to music from the Smiths on a melting Walkman.
He has made suicide-bomber dolls that fall into two categories: little green monsters and female martyrs. “They’re heroes or devils depending on your perspective,” he says.
There is no Allah doll because “you’re not allowed to represent him, and I thought I’d better not”.
I’ve worked with Luke – nice guy; very gifted – but this is incredibly weak.
(Via Dominic at Steynland)