Simon de Pury

Simon discusses Jaclyn and Erik's spat over creative credit, laments the loss of Nao, and applauds Mark's shocking work.

on Jul 7, 20100

 

John's departure must have come for him as the only real shock, especially given his win in the previous week's challenge. At least he will have the Penguin cover as a lasting testimony of his participation in Work of Art. On my rounds to visit the artists I always enjoyed my encounters with Nao who exudes no arrogance whatsoever, contrary to the impression the viewers may have based on some of her sound bites. Miles's drawing, which one could only see quite rapidly on the screen, was very good and extremely close in style to the work of Sue Williams. When I mentioned that to him on my studio visit he did not seem to know her. What impressed me with Abdi, besides the obvious impact of his winning entry, is that like Miles he has the skills and resourcefulness to attack any medium.

4 comments
t.c.c
t.c.c

i am wondering if jaclyn can do work that doesnt include her nude body. its like her fail safe, when in doubt whip out a camera and take a nude pic. there is something to be said for using nudity in art as a provocative statement or even to show nature's beauty, but if an artist continues to take nude pics of themselves its not creative after awhile. why not just star in a porn and get it over with.

SloppyButNice
SloppyButNice

Wow, each episode I think I'm lukewarm on this show, but I really enjoy the afterthoughts. It's like it takes me some time to get it, and your blogs make me really ponder and explore feelings I had watching that I didn't fully understand. And I learn from your references. Sue Williams, I now dig. Thank you.

OnlyOnTwos
OnlyOnTwos

You know what they say. Good artists borrow, great ones steal. :) Not saying Jaclyn is a great artist. If she were, she would at least have the spheres to deny that Erik had any involvement whatsoever, or at least proclaim that suggestions do not imply ownership, but a decision to use one does.

Besides, the deconstruct-the-male-gaze thing died in the 90s.

Don't mind me. I'm just talking trash about nothing of consequence.

JustJon
JustJon

Sue Williams! Thank the gods for this blog, because I've been trying to remember her name for ever. (Through no fault of her own. I've been out of the art scene for decades.) My brain kept going to Sue Coe, but I knew that wasn't right. Anyway, Williams is awesome. I had a critique with her when I was a painting major, and she is super cool. Her sense of humor is wickedly sharp, and out of all of the guest artist critiques we had that senior year, my memories of hers, plus her lecture, were my favorite. Yay! Go Sue.

I don't know anything about Miles, though (what's on a reality show doesn't count as any sort of viable information) so I have no idea if he would draw any sort of inspiration from her work. But I know that her work has always inspired me.