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Monday, November 7, 2011

Work of Art 2.3 and 2.4

The challenge in week 3 was: Create Pop Art.

Jerry Saltz is quickly proving himself to be a total prick. Two comments from him pretty much spell out his disdain for artist and art lovers alike.

Quote 1 - “I'm on this show to explore how art can be brought to non-√©lite audiences.”

Really dude? I’ve watched the show for its entire run, and I haven’t found any profound wisdom that has been divined from his eliteness.

Quote 2 – “Young won for his piece about California's Proposition 8 and gay marriage -- not for his p.c. subject matter, but because he took on scale, color, advertising, powerful messaging, and communication in a very direct, visually forceful way, produced in the quasi-political conceptual way in which he already works.”

The challenge was “Pop Art” not “quasi-political art” In case Mr. Elite didn’t know:
From Webster’s Dictionary - Definition of POP ART:
“: art in which commonplace objects (as road signs, hamburgers, comic strips, or soup cans) are used as subject matter and are often physically incorporated in the work”

From Wikipedia:

“Pop art challenged tradition by asserting that an artist's use of the mass-produced visual commodities of popular culture is contiguous with the perspective of fine art. Pop removes the material from its context and isolates the object, or combines it with other objects, for contemplation.”

Leon commented that his piece was possibly the only real Pop Art, and he was right, but he got sent home anyway.

Why have challenges if you’re not going to use that as prime judging criteria?

In week 4, the challenge is to make a companion piece to match with the work of a child. A good challenge, again some of the artists missed the point. Surprise, Surprise, they were not the one sent home.

This week’s victim was Tewz who I always figured would go home early. I don’t think he deserved to be booted yet, and thought it was great of Sucklord to defend Tewz’ work.

And then there is Jerry “Elite” Saltz. What a douche. He decides to threaten to go “Medieval” on the Sucklord if he includes any more Star Wars characters in his work.

First, Star Wars is a part of Sucklords art, which is just what he does. It is his style, his shtick; it’s what makes people like Simon part with their cash to own an original Sucklord.

Second, the only way for J-rod to go “Medieval” would be for him to dress up like the court jester he is and have the contestants beat him with a Cat-o-Nine tails.

Hey that might be an idea for next weeks challenge.

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