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READER MIKE ON THE SAINT MARTIN’S ART STUDENT THAT IS GOING TO LOSE HIS VIRGINITY FOR ART’S SAKE:

‘The enthusiasm of youth mixed with the teachings of art school and the call of the Market is what it seems upon first reading, but I may just be cynical.

Mr. Pettet seems seriously committed to the work and approaches it from a highly personal and earnest space, but I think he may discover some uncomfortable results, such as a spectacle is not necessarily the most moving and persuasive mode of visual expression. It certainly has its place, but does the artist know what role it can play and why it’s important to his work. Additionally, how will his losing his virginity in a public forum make the audience think of the concept of virginity in our culture, as well as the lessing stigma (but still strong) associated with homosexuality?

I guess the passion canvas fulfils the concept of losing one’s virginity being as “It’s about self-discovery more than anything.”

I hope he discovers something close to what he intends because it’s a lot to bite off – gender, sexuality, the status of women in our society, overthrowing cultural norms, creating an art work and being an exhibition – when you are also engaged in your first sexual experience.

As if sex wasn’t confusing enough…’