Artist Whipping Giant Jesus

03.23.12 Marina Galperina

Here a video of artist Julius von Bismarck whipping the Christ statue in Rio de Janeiro, enthusiastically, steadily, to a backdrop of diffuse fog. Hate crime? Just kidding. It’s really quite beautiful and, I imagine, cathartic had you grown up worshiping the imagery.

He also takes on the Atlantic ocean, a glacier in Switzerland and various fields and mountains of United States and South America — all these immense powerful forces of nature, whipped! — sounds perfect and immensely gratifying to watch. Oh, Julius, thy spiritualism is kinky.

See the video installations in person if you can, otherwise, wait: “Punishment I,” Julias von Bismarck, Jan 1 – Mar 24, Alexander Levy Galerie, Berlin