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Jul 6, 2015|

Tommy talks to Niki Johnson about a piece of art she created depicting Pope Benedict that has stirred up some conversation.

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719 hot this weekend when a percent chance for showers highs around to loan 1995. Or so heat indices and hundreds and 105 range. And right now we're closing in on eighty so Nikki Johnson is an artist. And Saturday in November. Bomb. A piece called eggs Benedict is gonna go on display at the I believe it's the Milwaukee Art Museum thank you Jordan. And she created this piece called a eggs Benedict. And with that we look at me Nikki Johnson who was I'll say this courageous enough to come on in defender art. Or at least explain her heartbeat off art because perhaps she feels there is no explanation needed. Good morning Nikki. Thank you for taking the time witness. Absolutely and for contacting me asking you to beyond. Now tell me a boat. Yar art history in generals some of the other pieces some a year training. Are you a paid error on sculpture. Sculpture explain all that time. I and Larry are aired on there. I don't currently an odd one and and call it or. Different ways of making it very cropped up or cap that would mean it ain't tripping me. Where did you and that an R&R. Block and then to actually track. You. An arm acting adult making that broadcasting. Something. As well as and it wiring and the Cherry Hill and I believe it on the cereal at their own ethnic language and so that. Romania. And you know late. Every message you'd be carried out Cherry Hill. All right so. You are an art major resented. He I received my idea and I am saying and I am OK cool. I terminal degree and not setting any more now I'm an artist as well straighter organizer. I'm just series what do you degree it. Your soul. How do you determine them and engage unit discussion if it's okay about art in general because. And I'll confuses me he is and I like the impression stuff like being go like Mon game. Com. Really Yang and and that's about it of course some answers but how do you. How do you determine what is art and what is it is strictly Nihon eye of the beholder because announcing these things. Quite frankly that look like. Don't disrespect to the artist but like it was some primitive it was drawn as though you'd given. A ten year old some crayons and Hamad. So how do you determine what is art and what isn't. Well thank you need to point that are out of our heart arteries. Republicans aren't you know life that I am impression that. Came looking at work like that. It can't look at certainly not an area that. That camera frequently. I'm a equal and hatred that they. Are equally for many years. And making it the movement is that you medical certainty that got to be true. Right there art then immediately met and started looking at differently to tree. Images that happening. Or happening real time that amount. Over. Right there kind of like oh why are you know that and sometimes. Not where it all about and think that a bit more dimly it is that you're much bigger story recently and all it. So that maybe isn't quite it is definitely an apartment that he a little more complicated. Than I think it army battling. It's not our intention is he actually. Value behind the bar. And I Pakistan. Yeah we are our senses and certainly I Indian art gallery here. And different idiot I'm at it like. And better. And stated that it when it. Looking at things that I enjoy and while I'm hanging in a debate right behind where an Arctic. So if I get out of Hong come marble and I'm not trying to make fun what you do or any on all. And I just slam away and it then after about five wax I'm tired as the you know it that's it it's called violence. Is at art. Well I think you attacked the very beginning and really under here that I'll. I meant that it back right I'm sorry he decided you were. That you had experiences that that day actually but don't let mart in no way that shouldn't be here yet it. Not argue that wave if it was simply that he is. The end. Mean I acting that way you know I. What they were like maybe we are an experiment. Or maybe I get tired. I gotta say that because. Because then. Nobody would know what the dom. What the intent was it just look at the final piece in although I get tired this morning in the sledgehammer rights and and and of the issues the brutality. Of man in the fact that this beautiful piece of marvel. Has been distress has been destroyed. Well that's why you're even bothering me either elect rioters attacked and let's. Yeah. And it really important. You know is there he did it worry you the you're out and and put it out there and color. Children right people that children on the environment. You know it's an old teach I teach them right. You've been reluctant that would not it well beware that you had hoped and that it. As good artwork that it might and it should think about that aspect of how it will work and Annie and her aunt and saying. And that statement. In that people can't predict that I'm pass and get in you with the intent behind what you bank. Nikki just wanting gauge in a conversation about art has it fascinates me what. Isn't what is and I hope you can stay with us after the news talk about your peace canyon. I could Nikki Johnson guessed. She is controversial piece of art at the Milwaukee museum concerns Pope Benedict and condoms 726 right now time we get traffic on evidently thank you David Nikki Johnson is on she on the need to find us on FaceBook. Natus somewhat controversial or created or however you say piece of art for. The Milwaukee art museum and Nicky is with us right now thank you Nikki rang in on. I'd some look at added right now it is not a bad likeness of Pope Pope Benedict from. A distance which I think shows a great deal of artistic ability on your part. But it is made of condoms. Now. In terms of material in terms of media Woody Allen media woody on stuff that she'd darkness all that mean the media emea. Com what it would need to do that. Well I am I mean you know talk radio program and keep patent my. And but recently banned. And check app are can argue that the air. And he had an incredible. Did you hit it in it at each and mention. I didn't as to whether he was the court I think he. And he you wouldn't end it short because he's what. Let the problem HIV. And I hit that make absolutely and I'll. Reuters at the same thing that the into the heat center. They get out and vote the medical community how to act the hope you are they. And he went. And I would dump down. The Internet world leader in the public health any regardless of what it and any acre. Pocket and yeah he. I am at it any way help spread HIV it. It. And I started thinking about what I can do in order to help. I get the message out about about the incredible material and so epic yet he started. It was completed about in their teens and the hundreds and under hours. To complete 300 hours well. On them 300. Interests. And triple all that how that color out. I was able to create color palate and then leave them treated him match. I'm gonna build the case but it clap on that side TP bit departure of the front end and the straps and are we backing he really the olive in it curious that of the and how he put together. I didn't hit the people that really look at your seat he met the public. At the. Let's say if you look at it from the fry I don't think you even know what it was made out yet some kind designer isn't. Did do you look at it from both sides a way it's on display. You guys have long you know you look at it from. The treatment pop culture and eat I'd be lied. One when it and I read about how. Do you think this will change anything. I think people talking and acting as well I think. It. You know I. I let art. It is people. That part of our issues that have been happening Ireland I hope and others that have been. TV and you know that back. But how are where and they an artist does not agree and color we. It gently. And the I'm then and until about material. Will you say to people lead that we you know on I'm sure you've gotten some of this sitters say your duel in the doubles works you're. You a year making fun of the Christian religion. One of the Catholic religion. You wouldn't dare do this about any other relate ethnic or religious or political leader will what do you say to them. And made because at the back at it but that hurtful. About how. So that is the reason why it made it true that the immediate anybody. I mean that the that the that the point. It is not that is a mockery the Catholic statement you know part. Maybe memory care law that support it and well and and an expert at arc Catholic all year ago in the PR years ago when he came out. Where asking. Supported contraceptive use. And with that the Catholic Church where it. Would acknowledge. You know really being. I see that the if he needs. And the idea being young people. And I am and really isn't about. Leaders. And the public. Give us a raise some eyebrows when he got all the materials you needed. You know I think ideas and I and quite great and then make my money. Now the bombers is eventually tweaking it here and I had. My life and just yeah thank you Nikki. Appreciate your time in years and years honesty.