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An artist's shocking past has caught-up with him in San Francisco and as a result, a $750,000 installation of his work is on hold indefinitely.


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Constance F (418)
Saturday September 17, 2011, 8:41 pm
I knew it! I knew San Francisco with a little pressure would not do this. SF is really a very progressive and humane minded city. Thank you so much for posting this, Lindsey! Kudos to SF- you are the city I think you are.

Bella Fitzpatrick (280)
Saturday September 17, 2011, 8:56 pm
Great news Thank for sharing :-)

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 17, 2011, 9:14 pm
Noted, thanks Linds.

Veronica C (22)
Saturday September 17, 2011, 9:48 pm
Thanks for the update.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Saturday September 17, 2011, 10:42 pm
Scum. Noted, thanks Lindsey.

Vicynthia Tjahjadi (57)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 12:25 am
Noted. Thank you, Lindsey. A good news. Still hope he'll stop his cruelty to animals.

Sharon Balloch (127)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 4:04 am
noted thanks

Edwin M (346)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 4:37 am
This is very good news, thank you Lindsey

Michela M (3964)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 6:45 am
Noted!! Thanks, Ciao!! Michela

Jason Green (235)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 6:58 am
Wonderful thank you

Sunday September 18, 2011, 7:34 am
Good news! Thanks Lindsey.

Ruth C (87)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 8:38 am
He will never getaway from God's justice!!

Dawn Mason (40)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 8:51 am
Great!! Ugly scumbag!! Noted, Thanks!!

Kris B (136)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 8:52 am
People can make mistakes and change. But, public money should not go to people that have abused a child or animal. Just like people should not make money from writing a book about the evil they have done. I don't think he should be allowed the contract. Maybe people can think about their actions may hurt them in the future.

. (0)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 9:47 am
noted. I can't write what I I just want to say...he should go to hell......

Nancy sands (448)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 11:28 am
Ugh! This guy lives in Brooklyn? Where is he? I'll stand outside his house and heckle him!

MmAway M (514)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 11:30 am
Oh, I want to SMACK his FACE!!! Absolutely, don't put up any ART from this POS!!! (That is not SCUM) ROT in Hell like Toni said...Sure people make mistakes, but this is just way to horrific to comprehend for me...Chaining a dog, shooting the dog and filming it...He, in my humble opinion, deserves JAIL TIME and ABSOLUTELY NO $$ --if there are any numbers, etc....petition, I for sure will sign because I feel just SICK and want to THROW UP! SICK #!#!#!#!!!!! Thank you Lindsey for getting this out....I will get the name and write letters here in California to MAKE SURE that this SICK SOB NEVER GETS ANY TYPE OF ART JOBS IN CALIFORNIA!!! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR No more free passes, Vick got one, and don't ever want to see that happen ever again! Once you do horrific things to creatures ROT IN HELL!!!! In fact, I will build you a FIRE PIT!

Darija Klindo (0)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 11:50 am
Noted, thank you.

tracey p (81)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 12:22 pm
I cannot bear to think of the heinous crime he committed. He took a dog in need of a home and killed it, under the crazy guise of 'art'. He just took this dog, pretending he was going to help it...and he killed it. I am incensed. I am glad San Francisco...which I have never visited, but believe to be a progressive and forward thinking place...has stopped his commissioned installation. We cannot condone such an atrocity against a trusting, defenceless animal. He disgusts me.

Nancy Burleson (2)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 12:47 pm
I dont believe people who have abused or killed an animal can TRUELY change ~ They had no heart when they were able to Torture & murder that innocent angel so it is a part of them no matter what ! If you cannot give life than dont take it ! I will NEVER trust anyone that harms innocents ~ I agree with Marilynn M. & Tracey P. I am GLAD they stopped his contract and I sure hope they dont change their minds . I dont care how long its been he MURDERED an innocent , trusting dog , he Cannot give that Precious life back !!!!!!!!

Shannon Hudgens (18)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 12:54 pm
His act is unforgivable. It puts a knot in my stomach to think he is making this kind of money. There are other fine artists out there who are more deserving!

Karen B (8)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 1:28 pm

Sarah G (109)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 1:29 pm
Thanks for the update. The cruelty and depravity of this person is unforgivable. I am also very tired of the most vicious acts being excused due to the criminal being "too young to know better"; age twenty-five is long since old enough to know better by anyone's standards.

. (0)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 2:13 pm
I guess that this is simply an example of what goes around comes around!

. (0)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 2:14 pm
Noted. . .

Mike H (252)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 2:17 pm
This is a perverted crime. Enough said.

Ruth McD (842)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 2:39 pm
I'm glad San Francisco stopped his installation. Thanks Lindsey.

Richard T (23)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 2:42 pm
This guy should be charged and brought to justice for his criminal act.

Wendye Kolles (58)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 3:10 pm
I agree with Kris B. - people can change and as to giving this guy public money - no, he probably shouldn't get it.

Isn't it about time we taught children that their actions have consequences? We spend money giving them an education on what we think they need - and yes they do need to have skills - but what about an education in how to treat people and animals? They need to be told this repeatedly, year after year. Teenagers in particular seem to think they can pull pranks, get drunk, hurt people and animals, etc etc and there's no consequences.

This guy - even though he was 25 at the time - now has to live with the fact that he did something wrong and EVERYONE knows about it. Though it may not bother some people, a lot of people won't buy his work because of his wrongdoing..

Sarah G (109)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 3:21 pm
This dreck is not worth $750k in the first place.

Julia R (297)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 4:53 pm
Thanks for the great news, Lindsey! Justice is finally catching up with this guy and so is karma! This guy doesn't deserve this project and I'm so glad to see that Mayor Lee contacted the arts commission president to put a freeze on this project. Now, I hope that they can permanently cancel his contract in light of this new information that this individual lied to a shelter about his intentions, committed felony animal cruelty and therefore has a criminal record.


Nicole W (646)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 4:59 pm
I'd like to chain him to a fence and shoot him, thanks Lindsey

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 5:21 pm
Piece of s&%$

Valerie H (133)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 5:33 pm
GREAT news!

penny C (83)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 5:51 pm
Noted with disgust.

Sue McGuey (106)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 6:14 pm
Noted.....had it have been a child would he be "forgiven".....absolutely, why would he expect his horrific act of violence towards a dog to be forgiven???? It's criminal....he's guilty.....he should pay BIG time!!!!!!His "art" should be destroyed!!!!!!!!!!Rot in hell!!!!!

Mary T (178)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 6:23 pm
Noted with pure disgust what a piece of trash, Thanks Lindsey.

Jeanne M (84)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 7:05 pm
25 was old enough to know what a horrible, criminal thing he was doing and sorry later doesn't mean squat! Too many people think an 'I'm so sorry' wipes the slate clean. It doesn't.
Oh, and by the way, boyo, your sculptures are crap.

Ralph F (68)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 7:59 pm
As much as I admire art & artists, "I'm an artist" can never be an excuse for stupid behavior, especially when it involves malicious violence. What a creep!

J. O (24)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 8:27 pm
Kudos to the Mayor for doing the right thing! How could anyone trust someone who uses cruelty to "raise their profile"? For anyone who hasn't heard there is another (I believe in Holland) who says she made a purse out of her cat. I can't understand why these are no viewed by the authorities for what they are -- the clear signs of a sociopathic personality.

Kim O (396)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 10:54 pm
HAA HAA HAA!!! It's so great when kharma bites someone in the ass!!!! HA!!! Thanks Lindsey!

Elsie Au (259)
Monday September 19, 2011, 12:26 am
Thanks Lindsey for this news. I am glad that finally, his past catch up with him, I just wish that, additional to stopping this project, he should be punished for the crime he committed, even it was long times ago, it is still a crime!

Frank Pickens (126)
Monday September 19, 2011, 12:38 am
Sorry scumbag, No Forgiveness here. Your a POS that needss a beating.

Andreia Capelo (15)
Monday September 19, 2011, 1:15 am
Thanks for sharing this worderfull news. :P

Jo Asprec (0)
Monday September 19, 2011, 1:21 am
Putting on hold his art installation is a good move!

Past Member (0)
Monday September 19, 2011, 1:33 am
Noted. Thanks.

Carol C (97)
Monday September 19, 2011, 2:38 am
Noted. Thank you.

Patrick Donovan (344)
Monday September 19, 2011, 7:46 am
There should never be a statute of limitations on murder. Well done San Francisco for putting this on hold.

Carol H (229)
Monday September 19, 2011, 9:17 am
GREAT news!!!! thanks for the update Lindsey

Nadereh O (5)
Monday September 19, 2011, 12:23 pm
Finally! I am impressed that San Francisco has stood up for the poor dog that was shot by this monster. Now if only the same would be applied to Michael Vick!

Lisa N (207)
Monday September 19, 2011, 12:25 pm
Thanks for this Lindsey! And way to go San Fran!

Kathleen R (138)
Monday September 19, 2011, 12:28 pm
Thanks for sharing. Glad SF has put the installation on hold.

S B (1)
Monday September 19, 2011, 12:36 pm
I've seen this asshole's work in the NY subway system & it's very cute & charming. This just goes to show that we need to be just as suspect of a pretty persona as well as the obvious scum bag.

I also agree with those who believe the city really should be pooling from the over abundance of Bay Area artists.

Thank you for the article

Alicia V (181)
Monday September 19, 2011, 12:51 pm
At the age of 25? At that age we all have enough brains and soul. Unless you are a complete piece of trash.

Pamela K (13)
Monday September 19, 2011, 1:10 pm
Cruelty for the sake of art (or anything else) is inexcusable! Perhaps he could (somewhat) redeem himself by donating the entire $750,000 from this latest installation to an animal protection charity. If he is truly repentant I would expect no less.

michelle m (41)
Monday September 19, 2011, 3:06 pm
Thanks Lindsey.Great news.I would love to hear that this ugly piece of animal murdering trash has been wiped off the planet.

Barb Knight (1694)
Monday September 19, 2011, 3:28 pm
Wow!! That was fast!! Thank you God!! And thank you for reporting this GREAT NEWS, Lindsey!!!

Patricia W (94)
Monday September 19, 2011, 4:05 pm
I don't care if it was 25 years ago or 25 days ago, anyone who would do that to an animal in the name of art - or any other "reason" - is a POS, period. People make mistakes, but that was a CHOICE - not a mistake.
TY Lindsey, and TY SFO !

Gloria H (88)
Monday September 19, 2011, 4:10 pm
YES!!!SF you rock!!! Put the project on hold and somehow "use" up all the $ for earthquake retrofiting. How about feeding SF homeless, free clinics, bus passes for the poor AND art scholarships, city art programs, art supplies for classrooms? Why not exhibit kid's artworks at the station? This piece of scum is "established", give some other artist a chance. Where the hell did they come up with all that money in the first place, when there are layoffs in police, firemen, city workers? I hope taggers start improving on his art pieces, they need a little color instead of dog shit brown don't ya think?

Nelson Baker (0)
Monday September 19, 2011, 4:22 pm
Glad they caught up with this a-hole. I hope his disgusting reputation follows him the rest of his life and no one will exhibt his works.

valda p (13)
Monday September 19, 2011, 4:58 pm
This sicko reminds me of those filthy creeps who indulge in and make those -crush videos,no true animal lover would ever have done what this animal abuser has-what a hypocrite,he has animal blood on his hands,don't let him profit from the cruel death of this poor dog.

Fred Krohn (34)
Monday September 19, 2011, 5:37 pm
He could have thought to use a stuffed or dead roadkill animal for his age-25 idiot video, and donated to that animal shelter instead of abusing them. I've no use for such abusers, he should be released from contract without compensation and sent off.

Linda P (0)
Monday September 19, 2011, 5:52 pm
Thank you San Francisco, you are sending out a great message. Killing an innocent dog in the name of "art" is inexcusable. The people at the shelter who love animals must have been devastated when they learned the outcome of this wonderful dog, I get so mad at people that think animals are disposable and you can do whatever you want to them. That's why there are so many voices that speak up for the innocent ones who can't.

janet f (29)
Monday September 19, 2011, 5:55 pm
What if someone had an art installation....AND NO ONE SHOWED UP.

I can't forgive anyone who did that to an animal. At 25 you know damn well what you're doing, This wasn't an accident. Let him have his installation. If no shows up, that'll show him how normal, empathetic people feel about his actions. He'll have to answer for his actions eventually.

Ann Breeden (65)
Monday September 19, 2011, 7:34 pm
I agree with Janet F. I'm sure they're artists in San Francisco that are much more deserving than this man. I'm a professional artist and believe me, I would never do that to an animal. He was an abuser and probably always will be.

Robert O (12)
Tuesday September 20, 2011, 1:41 am
Thanks Lindsey.

Tommy S (11)
Tuesday September 20, 2011, 7:58 am
It would have made better copy if he had shot himself--- wpos

Robyn M (123)
Tuesday September 20, 2011, 8:51 am
Take note people Karma is a bitch and will come back and bite you in the ass!!! Kudos to San Francisco.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 20, 2011, 11:05 am
I think I can safely say that we're all very glad to hear this. Murder isn't art. It's murder. May he never be able to work as an "artist" again.

Clare C (6)
Tuesday September 20, 2011, 1:50 pm
If this was a human he shot it would be considered a SNUFF movie and would be jailed for this illegal practice. Why his sorry arse is not in jail is beyond me. I can't believe that the powers that be on this decision have only just found out about this as I have been signing petitions for months on this issue..... Karma's a bitch. A murdered bitch!

Beth M (138)
Tuesday September 20, 2011, 3:33 pm
Karma is a bitch, isn't she!

Alicia N (87)
Tuesday September 20, 2011, 8:46 pm
noted with thanks

Jen Debeer (2)
Wednesday September 21, 2011, 1:37 am
So sad.

Yvonne F (181)
Wednesday September 21, 2011, 4:06 am
Sounds good! Let's hope more people who abuse animals could get punished like this!

Kristen H (25)
Wednesday September 21, 2011, 5:42 am
really? 30 years ago? And he's being hung out to dry for this? Whatever happened to forgiveness, people? Get over yourselves.

Sue Matheson (79)
Thursday September 22, 2011, 11:05 am

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 22, 2011, 11:46 am
Noted! Great outcome

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 24, 2011, 3:12 pm
noted. Thank you

KS Goh (0)
Sunday September 25, 2011, 12:53 am
Thanks for the article.
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