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What One Dog Thinks of Art's 'Rigid Institutional Constraints'

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Here's the latest in eye-popping temporary art installations: over in Newport Beach, Calif., a 24-foot black lab is, err, doing its business all over the rather blocky, boring-looking Orange County Museum of Art buidling. Bad Dog is an outdoor work by American contemporary artist Richard Jackson, whose works are on exhibition inside for the retrospective Richard Jackson: Ain't Painting a Pain. Not sure what about this is most fascinating: the fact that a giant fiberglass dog is peeing yellow paint, that My Modern Met describes the project as "one of Jackson's many 'painting machines' that excretes pigments in an unusually creative fashion," or the fact that this isn't even the first outlandish piece of art that transforms a piece of architecture with the likeness of a canine—NYC-based artist Desi Santiago converted an entire Miami hotel into a demonic hound last year. Anyway, Jackson's dog, built from 52 fiberglass panels and constructed on-site, has in its belly a reservoir of yellow paint, which is pumped out via hose onto the side of the building. According to the nearby plaque, the "guileless dog unwittingly points to the sometimes rigid institutional constraints that can frustrate artists and audiences alike." Oh. Obviously.

· Giant Dog Defaces Bad Architecture, Locals Love It [Architizer via My Modern Met]
· A Bit Late for Halloween, Hotel Dresses as Demonic Dog [Curbed National]