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Sculptor who shot dog for art film gets $750,000 for Central Subway art
SF Gate ^ | September 16 2011 | Stephanie Lee

Posted on 09/16/2011 1:41:57 PM PDT by Baladas

A sculptor who shot a dog for an art film in the 1970s has won a $750,000 contract to create public art for the Central Subway.

Tom Otterness, a Brooklyn-based artist, has created public art all over Europe, Asia, Canada and the United States, with an emphasis on New York City.

But he garnered notoriety in 1977 when he adopted a black-and-white dog from an animal shelter and shot it to death with the camera rolling. The footage ended up in his avant-garde movie "Shot Dog Film."

Otterness has since apologized, telling the Brooklyn Daily Eagle in 2008, "Thirty years ago when I was 25 years old, I made a film in which I shot a dog. It was an indefensible act that I am deeply sorry for. Many of us have experienced profound emotional turmoil and despair. Few have made the mistake I made. I hope people can find it in their hearts to forgive me."

For the Central Subway, Otterness will receive $750,000 to create a series of humorous bronze sculptures of transit riders. The news was first reported by the San Francisco Examiner.

Kate Patterson, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco Arts Commission, said the judging panel was not aware of the controversial film when it made its selection in July 2010.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: California; US: New York
KEYWORDS: artgrants; brooklyn; central; centralsubway; dogshootings; michaelvick; otterness; sanfrancisco; sculptor; subway; subways; tomotterness
Well, here's a high-paying job created for ya, making bronze busts of subway riders, now why didn't someone think of that before? I'm still wondering what some aculptor was doing shooting a dog for an art film decades ago.
1 posted on 09/16/2011 1:42:02 PM PDT by Baladas
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To: Baladas

I shot a dog in Reno, just to gain my rep.


2 posted on 09/16/2011 1:43:22 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: Baladas

I’ll “forgive” you after someone makes a film of them shooting you, you lowlife bass turd.


3 posted on 09/16/2011 1:44:58 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hey Mexico! Your poverty isn't America's problem.)
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To: Baladas

My little rescue Sheltie is sitting at my feet as I write this. She is NOT happy.

Some of the comments are not happy with this trigger-happy freak, either.


4 posted on 09/16/2011 1:45:03 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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To: Baladas

“Otterness has since apologized, telling the Brooklyn Daily Eagle in 2008, “Thirty years ago when I was 25 years old, I made a film in which I shot a dog. It was an indefensible act that I am deeply sorry for. Many of us have experienced profound emotional turmoil and despair. Few have made the mistake I made. I hope people can find it in their hearts to forgive me.”

Nearly just what Michael Vick said.


5 posted on 09/16/2011 1:47:05 PM PDT by ngat
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To: Baladas
"Few have made the mistake I made. I hope people can find it in their hearts to forgive me."

Made a film about shooting a dog you adopted from a shelter?Sorry. I'm not in the forgiveness business. Just thinking about it makes me want to kick your ass.

6 posted on 09/16/2011 1:48:38 PM PDT by GBA
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To: Baladas
Economy must be booming in SickoCity if they can waste 750K on this kind of drivel.
7 posted on 09/16/2011 1:50:32 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Baladas

God forgives

I get even, so pray we never meet, Mr Art Fag


8 posted on 09/16/2011 1:50:57 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: Baladas

$750K that the city of S.F. can come up with for this idiot?? Why not hire a few more cops, or put it towards the billions that the state owes, or even better yet, give it back to the PEOPLE WHO PAYED IT!


9 posted on 09/16/2011 1:51:19 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Baladas

As someone in the arts field, I’ll tell you how it works:

To get ahead as a youthful “artiste,” you do something outrageous like shoot a dog or dunk a crucifix in urine. Or, in my field, write a play that has enormous amounts of sex and violence. The critics - scared they might not understand your greatness - will run to praise you. Then the NY Times takes you up and runs with you.

For the next 30 years, you are set. You probably will even write a play or paint a picture that would make Grandma Moses blush at your sentimentality!

The important thing is that you strike hard and fast in the beginning and then coast for the rest of your life.

Tracy Letts, I’m not talking about you, am I? LOL!


10 posted on 09/16/2011 1:52:09 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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To: Baladas

$750,000 of taxpayer money. This guy must be gay and have relations with SF politicians.

Does anybody know if the $750,000 is local SF funds, state funds or federal taxpayer money. Most of these public expenditures end up being funded by federal tax dollars.


11 posted on 09/16/2011 1:52:53 PM PDT by detective
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To: miss marmelstein

To establish your avant-garde credentials then? What did you do are going to to break in?


12 posted on 09/16/2011 1:55:22 PM PDT by Baladas ((ABBHO))
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To: GBA

>> Made a film about shooting a dog you adopted from a shelter?Sorry. I’m not in the forgiveness business. Just thinking about it makes me want to kick your ass.

bttt


13 posted on 09/16/2011 1:55:48 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been Redistributed. Here's your damn Change!)
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To: Baladas
Whose bright idea is it to piss away so much money such a miserable excuse of a person for such a useless project?
14 posted on 09/16/2011 1:56:38 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: detective

This creep is evil. Don’t let him get away with profiting from the pain of an innocent. Expose him wherever he goes, whatever he does.


15 posted on 09/16/2011 1:58:23 PM PDT by July4 (Remember the price paid for your freedom.)
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To: Baladas

Snuff films are now mainstream, eh?

So much for the elites sense of taste. Peta is not on this? Or are they too conflicted - their backers vs. animal welfare?

It stinks.


16 posted on 09/16/2011 1:58:55 PM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: Baladas

I conclude that there’s something really wrong with a person who would do something so incredibly self-centered and callous...and to film it? Unbelievably bad judgment. Would never, ever trust such a person.


17 posted on 09/16/2011 1:59:02 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (...then they came for the guitars, and we kicked their sorry faggot asses into the dust)
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To: Baladas
Life imitates “National Lampoon”.


18 posted on 09/16/2011 2:00:34 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: Baladas

Well I sure am glad that Nancy Pelosi got her way and this poor struggling artist does not have to actually work so he can buy health insurance. /s


19 posted on 09/16/2011 2:00:54 PM PDT by willk
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To: GBA
Made a film about shooting a dog you adopted from a shelter?Sorry. I'm not in the forgiveness business. Just thinking about it makes me want to kick your ass.

This!!
20 posted on 09/16/2011 2:02:39 PM PDT by rockvillem
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To: Baladas

My husband and I refuse to play the game. So, sometimes we get produced and sometimes we don’t - lots of times we don’t, lol. We just produced a show that starred one major actor who had the good taste and talent to appreciate the play we urged him to do. He did it and got slammed by the New York Times. What a business!


21 posted on 09/16/2011 2:04:16 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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To: Baladas

He was just filming a video resume for the local SWAT team.


22 posted on 09/16/2011 2:05:31 PM PDT by Wallop the Cat
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To: RichInOC

I always despised that magazine cover. Actually, I always despised that magazine. Some good talent came out of it to go on to actually do some funny stuff but that ‘zine was a piece of unfunny trash.


23 posted on 09/16/2011 2:07:20 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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To: Abathar

Or give it to an animal shelter. One that doesn’t euthanize.


24 posted on 09/16/2011 2:10:08 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Just heard on the radio that two cops shot and killed to pit-bulls in Rochester, ny, today. Now there will be a bunch of whining about that.
25 posted on 09/16/2011 2:17:00 PM PDT by org.whodat (so Perry's purchase price starts at $5001.00: and $29,000 , was a sell.)
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To: miss marmelstein

“As someone in the arts field, I’ll tell you how it works”

I have many friends in the art field and how it works is that young “artists” usually without talent get showings and publicity by performing sexual favors for the right people. Either that or they have backers who use influence or money to get them noticed. The art world is totally corrupt.

Shooting a dog probably pleased the sick a**holes who control arts funding but it was other connections that made him get the $750,000 in taxpayer funds.


26 posted on 09/16/2011 2:18:10 PM PDT by detective
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To: RichInOC

LOL


27 posted on 09/16/2011 2:18:28 PM PDT by org.whodat (so Perry's purchase price starts at $5001.00: and $29,000 , was a sell.)
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To: miss marmelstein

“As someone in the arts field, I’ll tell you how it works”

I have many friends in the art field and how it works is that young “artists” usually without talent get showings and publicity by performing sexual favors for the right people. Either that or they have backers who use influence or money to get them noticed. The art world is totally corrupt.

Shooting a dog probably pleased the sick a**holes who control arts funding but it was other connections that made him get the $750,000 in taxpayer funds.


28 posted on 09/16/2011 2:19:55 PM PDT by detective
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To: Baladas

Tom Otterness, you are a scumbag!!!


29 posted on 09/16/2011 2:20:33 PM PDT by MAKOTHEDOG
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To: Baladas

This is exactly why I don’t like my tax money going to the private sector as pork. It always comes down to a politician giving other people’s money that they have no control over to a connected crony / businessman / artist in return for something and favors.

This artist is a connected crony. He was picked because he knew someone. This is how business gets done with government.

If he got $750K it should come from private donations not taxpayers.


30 posted on 09/16/2011 2:20:46 PM PDT by apoliticalone (Honest govt. that operates in the interest of US sovereignty and the people, not global $$$)
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To: apoliticalone

It is an perverted outrage hearing that he shot this shelter dog to make a video.


31 posted on 09/16/2011 2:23:32 PM PDT by apoliticalone (Honest govt. that operates in the interest of US sovereignty and the people, not global $$$)
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To: GBA

What a sadistic bastard. Adopt a poor pound puppy and then shoot it. His commission should be yanked ASAP. I am sharing this on SPCA site right now.


32 posted on 09/16/2011 2:24:05 PM PDT by lone star annie
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To: ClearCase_guy
I shot a dog in Reno, just to gain my rep.

If he'd held one's head under water until it drowned, slammed another repeatedly to the ground until it died, electrocuted a third . . . and run the personal canine body count into the teens or higher, he could play quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.

33 posted on 09/16/2011 2:31:39 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred.)
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To: detective
I was talking about playwrights, OK? Believe me, nobody wants the bodies of playwrights. Now nubile young actresses and handsome blond boys? Different story.

You do know that occasionally talented people work their way through the system, don't you? Or do you think it's all rigged? Because I'm at the theatre alot and there is certainly a vast array of talent out there.

Unfortunately, some of the creepy playwrights who come from the mid-West regionals clog up the system horribly. That's why I mentioned Tracy Letts. I doubt anybody wants his bod.

Obviously, my original post was waaaaay too facile and glib.

34 posted on 09/16/2011 2:33:01 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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To: detective
My brother and sister-in-law are artists. They've worked hard over decades to get to where they are self-supporting and have a little money set aside. They live simply in a low-cost area, and they don't have kids. If they were willing to play games of various sorts, I suppose they might have been more famous. If killing dogs or offering favors to the powerful is part of what they've been expected to do, they've never told me. I don't think they move in the circles where this goes on.

One thing that my brother has told me about his world is that arts funding is very corrupt. When government money goes 'to the arts' it means that next to nothing ever trickles down to the 'starving artists'. It gets eaten up by administrative layers in the various funding organizations and intermediaries. No surprise there.

35 posted on 09/16/2011 2:33:32 PM PDT by Think free or die
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To: detective

P.S.: I can assure you that right now on my home page at Facebook there are artists and arts funders at the Kennedy Center (yes, I’ve actually been produced there) excoriating this. Not everyone in show business is a freak.


36 posted on 09/16/2011 2:37:36 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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To: GBA

Can I shoot him and call it art? stupid son of a bitch should be rotting in jail.


37 posted on 09/16/2011 2:37:41 PM PDT by Newton (If Obama is the answer it's probably a stupid question.)
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To: Baladas

Nothing odd about this guy.

38 posted on 09/16/2011 2:39:50 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: miss marmelstein

I guess I was generalizing too much. There are talented people. I realized your post was meant to glib. Maybe the dog shooter reminded me too much of the pretentious fakes and sociopaths who populate the “art world”.


39 posted on 09/16/2011 2:44:42 PM PDT by detective
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To: Baladas
and PETA and ASPCA have what to say???
40 posted on 09/16/2011 2:45:58 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Oratam

Everything I expected him to look like.

He is no artist. He is someone who should be in jail for animal cruelty.

Tom Otterness, I hate you and my dogs hate you!!


41 posted on 09/16/2011 2:48:12 PM PDT by MAKOTHEDOG
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To: detective

The problem, of course, is that the freaks get all the attention, while the worker bees in the arts put their heads down and work, work, work.

Right now I’m thinking of the brilliant American actors of “War Horse” who are making theatrical history right here at Lincoln Center. And this miserable son of a bitch is defining the arts crowd for us!

I feel very guilty that I snapped at you. Apologies.


42 posted on 09/16/2011 2:53:41 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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To: Oratam

He definitely looks like a right-wing Republican.

< / sarcasm>


43 posted on 09/16/2011 2:58:14 PM PDT by Borough Park
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To: Chode
I'm betting that PETA will applaud him and the ASPCA will vilify him.
44 posted on 09/16/2011 3:01:16 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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To: miss marmelstein
one out of two...
45 posted on 09/16/2011 3:16:36 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Baladas

Maybe he was preparing for a job in law enforcement.


46 posted on 09/16/2011 6:19:09 PM PDT by Hacklehead (Had enough?)
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To: miss marmelstein

“I feel very guilty that I snapped at you. Apologies.”

No problem, it’s fine. You seem like a nice person.


47 posted on 09/16/2011 7:03:00 PM PDT by detective
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To: miss marmelstein

I’ll take that as a recommendation.


48 posted on 09/17/2011 9:01:34 AM PDT by Oratam
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