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Deeds & Titles: Retitling the 'Self-Reflexive' Art

Here's our take on (and retitling of) all 14 artestant's portraits showcased on last night's Work of Art.

 

Last night’s premiere of Work of Art challenged the artestants to create portraits of one another—in a metaphorical bring-out-your-subject’s-essence-or-something way. With only 13 hours to do so, the inaugural contest drew out a surprising amount of stellar pieces, including Miles’s episode-winning, neo-Pointilist portrait of Nao, Trong’s red-leather 3-D cube representation of John, and Abdi’s fiery painting of Ryan. On the chopping block was Amanda, whose overly abstract portrait of Jaime Lynn was called “very good wallpaper” by judge Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn and “fall foliage fail” by us here at Bravo HQ. Here’s our take on all 14 wannabe works of art, replete with cheeky new titles and snap-judgment analysis.

John's Portrait of Trong

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Retitled: "Trong 3 Ways"
Artestant's Explanation: John wanted to show John in the multiple capacities that he occupies as a flowering creative figure: "writer, curator, artist."
Our Snap Judgment: Kind of a snooze--nothing quite captures the eye, and the "mirror reflections" of Trong's tri-polar self look like they were filled with Photoshop gradients our middle school self used to be fond of.

Trong's Portrait of John

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Retitled: "John3"
Artestant's Explanation: There's really no need to explain why you would do a portrait on a faux snakeskin cube, so Trong took the opportunity to be humble: "I'm not 100 percent pleased with it."
Our Snap Judgment: The painting is great, and although we're at a loss as to why red snakeskin was in any way necessary to the work, we do know that art made on red snakeskin is universally awesome.

 

Mark's Portrait of Erik

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Retitled: "Making KITTENZZ Look Bad-Ass"
Artestant's Explanation: Mark had his amazing Photoshop skills to thank.
Our Snap Judgment: Okay, fine. The Photoshopping is pretty amazing.

 

Erik's Portrait of Mark

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Retitled: "A Study in Clowns"
Artestant's Explanation: He kept saying something about being an "untrained" amateur.
Our Snap Judgment: We'll defer to judge Jerry Saltz on this one. As a portrait of Mark, the representation of Mark's likeness is "neither here nor there... this is a painting of a clown."


Peregrine's Portrait of Nicole

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Retitled: "Nudie Nicole"
Artestant's Explanation: Basically, Peregrine said that Nicole draws a lot of nudes, so she figured she'd give her a taste of her own medicine. Nicole's response: "It captures a part of me, but not 100 percent."
Our Snap Judgment: Nicole's right... there's something missing in this nude: her right boob is completely covered by a swatch of dangling hair.


Nicole's Portrait of Peregrine

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Retitled: "Falcon-Eyed Peregrine"
Artestant's Explanation: To paraphrase: your eye really can't miss this one.
Our Snap Judgment: Those blue eyes are intense.


Jaime Lynn's Portrait of Amanda

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Retitled: "Seeing Double: Amanda As Optical Illustion"
Artestant's Explanation: Jamie says "a little bit of glitz" gives the painting an air of "nobility."
Our Snap Judgment: Going with the nobility theme, this portrait could work well as an artsy


Amanda's Portrait of Jaime Lynn

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Retitled: "Ethereal Amanda"
Artestant's Explanation: Amanda didn't want to use Jaime's face as an identifying marker.
Our Snap Judgment: Fall Foliage Fail.


Miles's Portrait of Nao

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Retitled: "Nao That's What We Call Neo-Pointilism"
Artestant's Explanation: The pixelated representation of Nao's face offers a "small little point of relief."
Our Snap Judgment: Love the over-embossed face double hovering above the main face, and also the re-imagination of late 1800's pointilism.


Nao's Portrait of Miles

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Retitled: "Miles of Dots and Lines"
Artestant's Explanation: The dots and lines somehow represent Miles's face? Even the judges were perplexed, and she delivered this zinger: "I’m not responsible for your experience of my work."
Our Snap Judgment: Don't snap at the the people who hold your fate in their hands. Never, never get snippy with the judges.


Jaclyn's Portrait of Judith

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Retitled: "Judith Is Burning"
Artestant's Explanation: The black-and-white face surrounded by a maelstrom of red hues captures Judith's resilient essence.
Our Snap Judgment: When Judith said that she "disliked the expression" Jaclyn put on her face, we had to laugh, because: while saying that with a grimace, the expression on her face was exactly that of Jaclyn's portrait.


Judith's Portrait of Jaclyn

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Retitled: "Jaclyn Is Purple and Proud"
Artestant's Explanation: The purple background and "proud" words captures Jaclyn's resilient essence.
Our Snap Judgment: Okay, it's abstract and all, but here's what comes to our mind when thinking about Purple Pride: (1) that was the slogan for our middle school track team, and (2) the gay pride parade.


Ryan's Portrait of Abdi

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Retitled: "Adbi After Impressionism"
Artestant's Explanation: Ryan got his panties in a twist when he saw his tiny, shriveled work of art next to Abdi's massive piece. "I'm worried about the scale," he said. This is pretty much the art world equivalent of male insecurity about penis size.
Our Snap Judgment: Forget about scale, the background colors are richly hued and perfectly Monet-esque.

Abdi's Portrait of Ryan

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Retitled: "Ryan Is Smoking, Hot"
Artestant's Explanation: Abdi says he really went outside of his "comfort zone" on this one.
Our Snap Judgment: If I had been a little more abstract, this could've beaten out Ryan's to be the winner.

Gag Award Poll: Naomi, Demi or an All Trans Cover

Who has the most gag-worthy look? Cast your vote here!

This week we have a Gag Award battle of legendary porportions. Not only to we have style icon Naomi Campbell in the running (twice), but also music diva Demi Lovato and the revolutionary all trasngender cover of 'Candy Magazine'. With so much to gag over, our Fashion Queens need your help to decide who will come out on top.

 

First up we have Naomi Campbell making us see double being the face of not one but two of fashion's most fierce campaigns: Agent Provocateur and Burberry. As you can see (top) no one bring the sex factor quite like Naomi. But that doesn't mean she can't own a classic look for Burburry (above) in this jade suede look that has us gagging for winter.

 

Next we have pop godess Demi Lovato on the cover of 'Allure' magazine. Talk about a heart attack, the girl is killing it in all the right ways. Those heels? That hair? That face? It's all the way right. 

Finally we have 'Candy Magazine's groundbreaking and gorgeous all trans cover featuring superstars Laverne Cox, Carmen Carrera and Janet Mock. These 14 role models are brave leaders in the trans revolution and we give all the snaps to 'Candy' for putting them front and center on this incredible cover!

 

Who do you think deserves this week's Gag Award? Vote below and don't forget to tune in to Fashion Queens Sunday at 11:30/10:30c to see the winner!