Zuckerberg portrait made from the artist's poop doesn't totally stink

KATSU, a graffiti artist, is mounting a new show at a New York gallery. On display will be a portrait of Mark Zuckerberg made from the artist's own feces.

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Considering the medium, this portrait is suprisingly good. The Hole

You might think a lot of contemporary art is crap, and in the case of a recent portrait of Mark Zuckerberg painted by artist KATSU, you'd be entirely right.

The Daily What is reporting that KATSU used his own feces to create the image, which actually is a pretty decent likeness. As to why he did it, all we have is a strange quote from The Hole, the Manhattan gallery where the work currently appears. It says the exhibit will include "sh*t paintings that are meticulous renderings of tech giants in control of more information than the government created from the compromising bio-matter of the artist."

You can see a decent tour of the exhibit, which is called "Remember the Future," by visiting The Hole's Facebook page. The exhibit will run at The Hole through February 22. In addition to the poop painting of Zuckerberg, there's also a dog rendered in feces (but why?), as well as graffiti paintings made by drones.

KATSU seems to have it out for Zuckerberg. In April 2003, the artist, who's primarily known for his graffiti work (especially his trademark skulls), put posters all over New York City that showed the Facebook founder with a black eye. When asked more about his subject choice, KATSU told Gizmodo:

"Mark is Mark. He's this mutation, this gross aspiration everyone idolizes. His face has reach. He deserves to be ridiculed. We're at the fork in the road with the web. It is being understood as a fundamental part of our evolution as a species. There are some that are fighting to protect privacy, anonymity and freedom and those who are trying to control, monitor and make profits. I want to let people know my beliefs."