Gay art student Clayton Pettet has gone on to cause furore as he has told of his plans to lose his virginity in front of an audience of 100 as part of an art performance piece.
The 19 year London student offered on his tumblr page that he will have gay sex for the first time in a gallery for a project entitled ‘Art School stole my virginity.’
The performance will tells Pettet will be followed by a question and answer session where he will challenge the idea of sexuality.
Additionally the art student has also gone on to tell the sex will be protected.
Having planned the performance for the better part of three years, Pettet told the following: ‘The key thing about performance art is that it should only be performed once, and this is the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime performance.
‘I’ve held on to my virginity for 19 years, and I’m not throwing it away lightly.
‘Basically it’s like I am losing the stigma around virginity.
‘I want the audience to see if anything has changed between me and my partner.
‘Since culturally we do hold quite a lot of value to the idea of virginity I have decided to use mine and the loss of it to create a piece that I think will stimulate interesting debate and questions regarding the subject.’
To date Pettet has told he has not told his parents of the project, nevertheless he has informed tutors at his school, London’s Central Saint Martins art school.
That said, the student, who plans on orchestrating the performance on January 25 of next year has since gone on to be criticized of cheeping sex and art with some perceive to merely be a stunt.
Reacting to the anticipated performance, The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement has told the project is not art and cheapens the special relationship of sex between loving partners.
Told spokesperson Rev Sharon Ferguson: ‘I’m not quite sure how that’s art.
‘My view is that we believe that all sexuality is a gift from God.
‘It’s about what you do with it and how we use it is an expression of our love for God.
‘For my imagining in sex as an art form, I don’t think this falls into that category.
‘My issue is around is this the right expression of someone’s bodily sexuality? As an art project in front of an audience, where is the love, respect and mutuality in that?
‘Stunts like this cheapens our own sexual relationships.’
Reacting to the fracas, Alex Schady, Programme Director of Fine Art, Central Saint Martins, told: ‘Clayton Pettet’s project is not part of his course and has not been endorsed by Central Saint Martins.
‘Staff are discussing with him the implications, both legal and emotional, of the performance and he is exploring the possibility of alternative means of expression.’
And then there were these reflections on the web that made me wonder as well:
Is it the fact that it is in a gallery that makes it legal. The ” art” of loving is one thing, the exploitation of of ones basic morals is another. No art in that.
Unlike a lot of commenters, I am not against his sexuality, neither am I against the sexual content. It’s the sheer lack of artistry, ingenuity, originality which amounts to little more than tedious exhibitionism. I’ve invented a name for what he’s doing I.A. – Inertia Art.
This is hilarious. The artist has pre-empted that his show will be shut down. Capice? So what does he do, he creates the melodrama of that act of his public loss of virginity being denied him. He can easily (as many have done) define virginity as only having importance in its loss. So he can, therefore, say that Art School Stole His Virginity, by fighting him in doing the show.
Smart kid. Look at most of the comments. It’s chased the bigots, sex-prudes, closet perverts, and other social cockroaches out of the woodwork. Bloody brilliant if you ask me. I bet this won’t happen. It is a performance piece.