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Gay Art Student Will Lose His Virginity In Front Of An Audience For Project

My college-level art class projects involved lots of sketching fruit in charcoal on various mediums. One of 19-year old Clayton Pettet's art projects will involve losing his anal sex virginity in a performance art piece in front of a live audience. Did I attend the wrong school?

Clayton (pictured above) will perform "Art School Stole My Virginity" on January 25, 2014. In the piece, he plans to bottom for the first time with a close friend taking the top. 

"The key thing about performance art is that it should only be performed once, and this is the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime performance," Clayton said. 

He adds:

"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."

Critics include the U.K.'s Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, whose spokesperson Rev. Sharon Ferguson says that Clayton's gallery performance "cheapens our own sexual relationships."

What do you think of Clayton's upcoming show?

(h/t: Huffpo)

 

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What would be novel and really wonderful is if he wasn't actually planning to  perform the act, but rather, the entire thing was an experiment in reaction to the possibility of the act. As many people have already said, its ALREADY generating much more conversation and debate about what art is and what virginity is and it hasn't even happened. It would be hilarious (but also thought-provoking and a wonderful experiment) if everyone showed up to watch his sex act (his performance art) and he said, "this ain't gonna happen, I just wanted to see who would show up, why, and ask you why my virginity is so interesting to you all."

What would be novel and really wonderful is if he wasn't actually planning to  perform the act, but rather, the entire thing was an experiment in reaction to the possibility of the act. As many people have already said, its ALREADY generating much more conversation and debate about what art is and what virginity is and it hasn't even happened. It would be hilarious (but also thought-provoking and a wonderful experiment) if everyone showed up to watch his sex act (his performance art) and he said, "this ain't gonna happen, I just wanted to see who would show up, why, and ask you why my virginity is so interesting to you all."

Having sex in front of an audience is neither original nor interesting nor creative.

More importantly, in Clayton's desperation to get attention and publicity for himself, he's also giving homophobes all the ammunition they could ever want. This is like an illegal alien trying to make a case for immigration reform by using a knife to hold up a grocery store on live TV. It fuels all of the stereotypes and ultimate damages the community.

I would not be surprised if Clayton's "performance" ultimately results in one of more states being UNABLE to pass gay marriage laws because this faux-art will be such fuel for conservative fundraising.

"I would not be surprised if Clayton's "performance" ultimately results in one of more states being UNABLE to pass gay marriage laws because this faux-art will be such fuel for conservative fundraising."

Since the performance and funding, if any, are in the UK, I shouldn't think so.

very little that an art student produces is original, interesting, or creative--at least in the manner in which you make your claim.  

beware of projection with your claims of attention and publicity seeking.  it's just reading a bit into the story.  also, your comparison to the illegal alien is horribly flawed: no one seemed to suggest he was doing this for "support of gay issues."  and "all of the stereotypes?" ...hyperbole, much?  

and not buying your claim for gay marriage failing (potentially) because of this performance.  

jeff your a dickless idiot

^...I wish I could "like" this comment... Go fuck who you want in front of whoever. Your VCard isn't all its cracked up to be. I wouldn't relive mine if you paid me....

Wait, The article described the intent of this performance art piece as wanting to stimulate discussion with regards to the, "value to the idea of virginity". I have seen a lot of discussion which is good, though it has been surrounding the either gay sex or the validity of public sex (which can been seen in any men's bathhouse on a regular basis) as art. On that note the intent of the piece is already off point. I would ask Clayton how, if the value of virginity is what you want to inspire a discussion about, can you modify your concept to bring that as the focus? Or, is the fact that your loss of virginity not being the main focus of others statements commentary enough to say that not many people put much stake in virginity any more rather it is just a vocal few? (I'm not saying that is reality rather supposing if one can interpret the response that way). I think it is brave to be willing to go to all ends to shine a light on things that have been taboo.

this is art. it's creating a response.

Its not art. Its just not art. Its porn. Dress it up whatever way you like. Im a 3D modelling and motion graphics artist. Ive had to study past masters. Nobody will have to study this and why? COS IT'S NOT ART! Its insulting to art.

If I fart out loud in a crowded elevator, is that art?  Please explain the difference. 

The first time isn't easy (hurts) douche , lube lube lube , and hope his friend isn't hung lol

He may be brave for wanting to do this in front of people but this is something you don't take lightly. In my opinion this is the same as porn. Sexual intercourse is only suppose to be done behind closed doors and not for the world to see. Me as someone who serves for this country see this as disgrading for them

If he wanted this to be more thought provoking and artistic... make it about 4 couples... 1 Straight, 1 Gay, 1 bi (2 guys 1 girl), and one lesbian... and make one in each group a virigin... and then show how "same" or "different" it is... this kid seems to be trying to hard imo.

a bisexual relationship doesn't involve two of one sex and one of the opposite... a bisexual is someone who is attracted to both sexes but still maintains a monogoamous relationship... the word you're looking for is polyamorous. 

this "performance" isn't about intimacy or relationships. it's about sex and virginity... 

obviously. But you also can't really show Bi-sexuality any other way in a one time shot of experience. you gotta have the person with both sexes to show that, otherwise it would just look like Straight or Gay sex. 

Lol better not poop!

Hey if this guy is brave enough to do it in front of an audience then more power to him. art is supposed to make you talk and think, not to mention shock and sometimes appall you. i say lets not judge this kid. he is letting people in on his deepest darkest moment. this is a vulnerable place. in turn it can be beautiful and ugly at the same time. that to me is art. so let the artist create. if you don't like it then don't watch! maybe not so original though, i am sure this has been done before. but still a beautiful thing to see, in a grotesque way! 

Yeah, but if it was a girl..is it art or is it just a horny girl trying to get an A? I"m gay, and i think it's a bit awesome. But i'm gay. The idea of someone having sex in front of me is hot. But if it was a girl getting fucked in the butt is it the same thing? No.

I agree. This piece contributes to the art world, and is about more than the vanity of the performer. Although his little blurb in the above article is quite lacking, this is something worth doing.  It does seem to add a bit to the "art is dead" movement, but I'd like to see the performance, or at least see how it turns out.

i have a degree in art by the university of barcelona and i think is is a great piece of art, if you don't know anything about art just don't talk about it, you don't have the right.

everyone has the right to respond to and talk about art.

That's not art..its not brave...it's bullshit.  It's attention grabbing and everyone under 20 thinks that they need to grab 15 minutes of fame and will whore themselves out to do it (pun intended)...and no one will remember him 20 minutes after....

And you're obviously a homophobic, uncultured Philistine. Go back to your mindless television and Jack Daniels. There is no room for people like you on the internet.

and you're so cultured for believing that anyone who would think this isn't art is a homophobe. 

This discussion is incredible.  It's amazing to see the opposing views.  This event hasn't even taken place yet & it has us all so very passionate about it.

Art, among other things, is supposed to provoke thought & discussion.  This idea clearly does that.

Judge not lest ye be judged (or some shit like that).

@ Clayton Pettet... Have you considered live suicide.  It can only take place much and it will contribute far more to Art and its future if you are not in it.  F*cking Hack, get a life.  You bring utter shame to gay men and artist every where!!! PS being criticized by thousands does not count as "facilitating conversation" either

Many famous artists have actually done that already. So it's already been done.

We can always count on Anonymous, the Coward, to say just the wrong thing.
 

You went too far.  Suggesting someone commit suicide is abhorrent.  You should be utterly ashamed of yourself.  You're a coward to say this and not have the guts to include your name.  Digusting.

Ha! I put up my comment before seeing you saying the same thing.

He's 19. At 19 I thought "Flashdance" was art.

Then I grew up.

This has been done before - when I was a student at the Art Institute of Chicago in the late 1980's, a fellow student did an almost identical performance art piece. Aside from the shock value, there is nothing interesting about this. 

So fucking ignorant.. Its not "art" its porn. Might as well get fucked in a park in broad daylight

Freedom of expression and the love and showing of art go hand and hand. I thank it's a great way to show freedom of expression and love.

sounds like something you'd do when you're not really creative or artistic enough to come up with something original and thought provoking

If he wanted to destroy the stigma, he'd get gang-f*cked by as many guys as he could possibly stand, get up, and walk away with his dignity in tact.

I think this is kind of cool. Who is anyone to say that it is NOT art? Art is subjective. Fear sure is real and who wouldn't be scared out of their mind to do this in front of some one? Fear makes people mean- and that is why there are nasty comments on here.

In terms of an artist trying to make a name for himself, the "shock and awe" value of this piece is obvious. Performance Art is an incredibly competitive industry and this artist cannot be blamed for playing the game. Nonetheless, I question what this performance will add to the discussion of "virginity" in today's society, if not deem it banal enough to lose it in front of an audience.

eh... shock and awe is still "shock and awe" let your work speak for its self, bot a publicity stunt. Art isn't about fame or attention

let's not confuse things by calling this art.  if i took a shit infront of people is that art too?  the answer is, no, it's not.

apparently it would be if you only did it once.

I dont expect you to understand my art warren

Ill advised.  PS Live sex act does not equal art.

Dude...terrible fucking idea, I mean good for you wanting to destroy the stigma that is sex and being gay and all, and for making a mockery of virginity (let's be honest though it's pretty much a mockery already), but I don't think this is the way to go about doing it.  First unless you're paid to have sex it should be an intimate thing (I understand art's intimate yada yada), but let's look at the facts, most porn stars are emotionally damaged common fact, what kind of impression do you think this will give all the straight people out there of gays (sooo they're emotionally damaged which is why they're gay?).  Second you better have an admirable performance, timing will be critical too long and people will get bored or grossed out (who doesn't switch porn videos every 2-3 minutes?) too short and people will feel like they've been short changed, and you'll probably suffer a bunch of jokes about how quick you are or how small your dick is (unless it's large than..ok).   Not to mention you'll be having sex in front of a bunch of people you KNOW, it's not happening online once and you're over it, no your friends will see it, your family may see it, if you're trying to get a job they might see it, there is really no one you would want to sit down and watch this.  Lastly you're only 19 years old, I get it man you think it's a good idea and it's an expression of something deeply personal to you, hooray for you, but in 5, 10, 30 years when you're sitting there and you're married to some other dude and he brings this up are you really going to be proud of this or will this end up as an embarrassing part of your past that you NEVER speak of.  This is just a huge catastrophe waiting to happen, I hope if you decide to follow through with it you have the intestinal fortitude to ignore all the shit that gets flung your way.

shuuuut up already. clearly you watch too much Lifetime romance television for women.

Nah just not an idiot who thinks 2 people, gay or straight, railing each other in the ass for friends and family to see is worth the ramifications.  Just because you don't have the foresight to bring a gun to a knife fight doesn't mean someone that does is being dramatic.  

There's a fine line between art and pornography. If there is time in the piece before and after where we get to see the 2 interacting non-sexually, I think it could be an extremely interesting developement in artistic expression. If it's sit down, wham, bam, thank you sir, then I'd classify it as a live sex show. If it's the former, I'd be extremely interested in being a part of that audience. Art is supposed to make you feel something, that level of intimacy, off the top of my head I can't think of something more stirring.

OH PLEASE!!! Its a performance, but it’s not art. I can see hundreds just like him doing the same thing on a mis-click on the internet. If you want art….do something that hasn’t been done before! Want to be brave? Find someone and love them as long as you can. Please!!!! I’m now going bathroom to make some what your calling"art". Wanna watch? 

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