Vomit Art

What’s behind the most disgusting art material?

Takashi Murakami, 2002, Tan Bo Puking - a.k.a. Gero Tan
Detail of Takashi Murakami’s 2002, Tan Bo Puking — a.k.a. Gero Tan.
David Lynch. Man Throwing Up. Acrylic and resin on canvas, 1968.
Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights (1503–1515) detail.
Hieronymus Bosch, detail of The Garden of Earthly Delights (1503–1515).
Scenes from Bjork's video Hidden Place of a dark magical substance leaving her mouth.
Scenes from Hidden Place by Bjork

I know that many people are fascinated by the medium of drawing and I use that to attract people, to divert their attention to things or situations they wouldn’t otherwise spend very much time looking at…

Real Vomit

Paul McCarthy in "Painter" (1995)
Screenshot from Paul McCarthy in “Painter” (1995)

confrontational and mystical artistic language of the radical that revolves around the psycho-social dimensions of the self and the community, subjectivity and memory, the issue of human existence and its control.

Mike Parr, 1977, The Emetics (Primary Vomit): I am Sick of Art (Red, Yellow and Blue)
Mike Parr, 1977, The Emetics (Primary Vomit): I am Sick of Art (Red, Yellow and Blue)
Mike Parr, 1977, The Emetics (Primary Vomit): I am Sick of Art (Red, Yellow and Blue)
Mike Parr, 1977, The Emetics (Primary Vomit): I am Sick of Art (Red, Yellow and Blue)
Scene from Micol Hebron’s 1999 Fountains.

Puke-as-Paint

Sick Film by Martin Creed (2006)
Installation of Sick Film by Martin Creed (2006)

Vomit-as-Creation

You don’t really know what’s going to come out, it’s painful, but you feel better afterwards. The films are like portraits of people expressing themselves … something uncontrolled. I am sick and tired of thinking. I want my work to be more like a vomit than a rumination. I just want to go ‘Blah!’ or ‘Woosh!’

Ectoplasm photograph from the 1890s.

Ectoplasm Art and Golden Linghams

Aerosoap’s electro-conductive slime “Limbo Cocoon,” 2021.
Ectoplasm photographs from 1890s.
Ectoplasm photographs from the 1890s.
Michael Barraco, Ectoplasm, 2012, mixed media
Mike Kelly's series of Ectoplasm Photographs, 1978/2008.
Mike Kelly’s series of Ectoplasm Photographs, 1978/2008.
Tif Robinette: “When squeezed hard enough into an unnatural and idealized inhuman/post human form, far more monstrous bits slip out through the cracks. Like the mediums and photographers who proudly documented (staged or otherwise) ectoplasm, I am interested in sensationalizing the bits that ooze out when we are squeezed.”
Mark Ryden's drawing of a girl and a bee spewing forth smokey ectoplasm.
Mark Ryden, Apis Ectoplasm, 2015.
Bjork spewing ectoplasm for Unravel (2001)
Bjork spewing silky ectoplasm for Unravel (2001)
Kai Muegge allegedly producing ectoplasm in 2013. 
Kai Muegge allegedly produced “real” ectoplasm in 2013.
Kai Muegee producing ectoplasm
Kai Muegee apparently producing ectoplasm.
Sai Baba vomiting a lingham.
Sai Baba vomiting a lingham.
Viswananda vomiting
Viswananda vomiting a lingham.
Takashi Murakami, 2002, Tan Bo Puking - a.k.a. Gero Tan
Takashi Murakami, 2002, Tan Bo Puking — a.k.a. Gero Tan. 12x24 feet

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