Mariemar Gallery

March 09, 2005 11:57 ET

eBay removes art with blood of Muslim,Jewish,Christian Canadians

The blood was allegedly obtained from an Ottawa area donor campaign targeting Muslim, Jewish and Christian congregationists Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Assignment Editor, Lifestyle Editor, Media Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 9, 2005) - Mariemar Gallery, a private contemporary art dealer in Toronto, today announced that eBay, the on-line auction house, has removed the artwork of Montreal native, John David Margo, from its website, for listing a prohibited item. eBay does not permit human body parts to be traded on its world-wide auction format.

The artwork Margo has created for his new series, '101 Views of Jerusalem' inspired by the events of September 11, 2001, has been painted with human blood obtained from an Ottawa area donor campaign targeting Muslim, Jewish and Christian congregationists.

"The blood, mixed together and applied directly to the artwork as pigment, symbolizes for Margo, victims, violators and voyeurs observed by the impartial artist, traumatized by passionate religious/political extremist acts of violence since 9/11," says co-director Sabrina Lee. "We knew this was a contentious subject and the use and source of human blood would be highly controversial, to say the least. But, to say we are trading in human body parts would be wrong. Artists around the world have used blood in their artwork for years now. None however, have used it the way Margo has. His images are the most original I have seen from any contemporary artist today. Highly provocative, yet very sensitively executed designs that invoke the style of Japanese Zen ink drawings, and the humour and creative bend of editorial cartoons. The blood is applied only to the images that represent the various weapons redesigned by the artist. You have to carefully read Margo's Picto-grams (word-pictures) for the word for God in Arabic and Hebrew, as well as a word-symbol in Greek to truly appreciate what you're seeing."

"The abrupt cancellation of our listing by eBay was unexpected. We felt that the sale of artwork containing blood was not the same as the actual sale of human body parts. We were misinformed. However, since the source of blood for Margo is short lived, he will be painting the rest of the series with a blood-coloured acrylic medium, and we will offer the works for sale through our gallery and a network of associate galleries outside of Toronto, as well as a few chosen pieces for auction on eBay." /For further information: Please visit our website IN: ENTERTAINMENT, MEDIA, RELIGION, SOCIAL

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