If you're thinking about handing out your sperm to passersby, think again kids!
Innovative New York's School of Visual Arts MFA student, Marc Bradly Johnson, shot out inspiration from within for his thesis project—titled Take This Sperm and Be Free of Me— by filling up 68 vials of his own semen and refrigerating it for the school gallery, advertising it on Craigslist, and also giving it away to the public.
Sounds GROSSLY creative, right??? Well, school officials didn't seem to agree! The artwork was in fact seized after being determined a health and safety risk!
In complete and utter disbelief following the confiscation, Marc said:
"I've been working on this for months. Somewhat ironically — it's just masturbating and calling it artwork. This isn't unprecedented. There is plenty of bio-hazardous work in the art world."
While we personally wouldn't want a vial of Marc's boys, we fully support artistic liberties, especially considering he took the precaution of microwaving the samples to kill the swimmers.
But cooking the semen wasn't enough for SVA's director of environmental health and safety John DeLuca.
When the little guys made their debut last Friday, Marc woke up to an email from John on Saturday stating:
"A considerable issue has come up surrounding your piece. The distribution of human tissue, or in this case your sperm cells, whether dead or alive is not permitted by the law outside of a medically directed facility. In checking with a biomedical scientist I was informed that there is no way to ensure the sperm samples would be 100 percent free of pathogens. In order to protect the public and comply with all appropriate regulations we will need to secure the refrigerator until I can arrange to have the sperm samples disposed of as hazardous biowaste."
The refrigerator filled with the art school student's seed was taken away and stored in John's office. Following a week of living with the biohazardous, the school official finally reached an agreement with Marc to seal all vials before distribution.
Phew! Artistic justice was served!
Who knew little swimmers could cause so much dramz?! LOLz.
We just have to wonder what ANYONE would do with a sealed, dead sample of someone's jizz?? But then again, maybe we're better off not knowing!
[Image courtesy of Marc Bradly Johnson.]
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