I must say upfront that I love cats, that I wept when we recently had to put down one of ours and that I was disturbed at the sight of the prize-winning entry at the recent 927 Show in Cambria. However, the long tradition of this show is to encourage entries that may be humorous, political, zany, edgy, provocative and possibly disturbing.
Many of the entries in past years have raised eyebrows and pushed the boundaries of what is considered acceptable in the usual community art show. Even so, the show’s sponsoring Allied Arts Association has never imposed its judgment by censoring entries and has been applauded for that stance. If the theme of an art show is fall colors, artists will paint with fall colors, and jurors will likely reward them. If the point of the show is to encourage crazy, nontraditional art, the artists and jurors will likely comply with that theme as well.
I believe any good art should evoke some kind of emotional response from viewers. This piece certainly did from me, but I am willing to live with some discomfort in favor of continued, uncensored freedom of artistic expression.