Bill Powers

Bill thinks Michelle should have gone with the steamed-up window piece.

on Nov 30, 20110

Car culture and contemporary art go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Richard Prince, Matthew Barney, Josephine Meckseper, and John Chamberlain all have used actual car parts in their sculpture. Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, and Frank Stella famously painted BMWs. Even beyond that though, could Robert Frank ever have shot his landmark book The Americans without automobiles? Art essayist Dave Hickey says some of his best writing is done (albeit in his head I gather) while driving down an open stretch of highway.

12 comments
WitchesBrew
WitchesBrew

It seems we are still discussing Bill's critique of the street art. I have to say that the blog he presented the week before the street art had my respect and I had actually thought him as a sensitive art loving human, but after reading his blog condoning lola and michele's behaviour to mess with someone else's "street" art (not really street art since it was being judged) is so low. You fooled me, you are not a sensitive caring person of art, just fake as the next reality faux celeb.

WitchesBrew
WitchesBrew

Correction; Lola doesnt draw, she traces. Cannot believe she got a pass. Loved Dusty's and both Sara's works, the muffler was a great peice.

Immoral
Immoral

Bad behavior is a sign of deep Insecurities, and be taken notice of not punishable. Bill Powers is rewarding bad behavior, by justifiding Lola's unruliness act. Lola had a Malice if forethought to deface the others work so she can shine. What if the Shoe was on the other foot? What if Kymia and Sara had put Vagina or Mouth stickers on the stupid Tiger Penis mural Lola and Michelle Did, would Bill Powers justified thier act of defiances??? If a mural of the Monalisa was on public building, and Lola had put a big Penis in the mouth of Monalisa, would that improve the pieces, huh, Bill Powers?? Or would you think that's defacing the work of art?? Malicious acts should be taken in serious consideration. When Integraty and ethics and morals leave the show... Makes to show, the show becomes Cheap and demeaning. Turns me off the show.

Aimlesswriter
Aimlesswriter

I'm shocked Michelle was sent home. She's an incredible artist and her work for the challenge wasn't bad. Goofy perhaps but well constructed. Lola traces things and she beats out Michelle? I thought you picked the best winner. The muffler piece was unique. Dusty's piece spoke to anyone who's ever had to commute. Not just the day to day drudgery of going to work, but the monotony of life in general. Sometimes we spend too much time putting one foot in front of the other and life passes us by...

BarbaraE
BarbaraE

dsurma, If we were judging Lola's piece on the basis of how she was responding to the other pieces, you'd have a point.

But this is not straight street art. This is one contestant interfering with another contestant's entry in a contest. It wasn't Lola expressing herself. It was Lola interfering with Kymia's expression. That's not democracy; that's the opposite of it.

Coco3
Coco3

I was wondering what you thought of Dusty's steering wheel after watching the episode? I liked it and was hoping he would incorporate it somehow in his final work.

Coco3
Coco3

I am wondering what you thought of Dusty's steering wheel after watching the episode, and do you think he could have incorporated it into the final work he did? Personally I liked it.

DinadV
DinadV

Lola's "unique style of drawing" is what we used to call "tracing." I'm a geezer so I went to grade school during the heyday of arts in schools so I had regular art and music lessons so maybe "tracing" is a novel idea to art critics, but to me, since she couldn't even be motivated enough to do a good job tracing, I'd say she's lazy and mediocre more than unique.

But I was sad that Michelle didn't use the fogged up windows instead of the cartoony car. She couldn't exactly compete with Young on the "wall appeal" scale so she should have stuck with something a little more subtle but compelling. The car faces were just so Pixar. She'll be missed.

Gravey
Gravey

Lola should have gone home. She was chastised for doing the same thing over and over again. Michelle's piece was not the best, by far, but her work is interesting and fun and she doesn't fall back and do the same thing again and again. Plus Lola's a bitch.

16teeth
16teeth

Michelle's first idea, that Simon trashed, was original - she should have gone with it. But even the one she went with was more original than Lola? How is Lola still in the competion? I have come to the conclusion that Lola's bitchy drama is driving ratings and thus "fixing" the competion. This is not about great art! So Sad.

dsurma
dsurma

I'd like to revisit the outrage of viewers at Bill's response to Lola and Michelle's "vandalism." from last weeks episode.

Outside of freshman year, Intro to Drawing and Painting class, never have I seen such thin skinned artists! I especially don’t understand the outrage of others at Lola and Michelle “tagging” Kymia and Sarah’s piece. I’m with Bill on this one. The whole idea of street art being marred before it is judged is ridiculous. One could argue that adding or removing elements of street art actually reinforces its democratic aim. The basis of street art after all, is its reactive potential, its flirtation with illegality and the confines of “free” speech. As artists we should know that defacing images can be as powerful as creating them. It is ill advised to start making petty distinctions, for the sake of seeming PC on TV, that limit what is appropriate for an art form celebrated for its candor and intentional inappropriateness.

BarbaraE
BarbaraE

You know, while I agree that Michelle's piece wasn't very strong, this is twice now that the judges have offed someone, seemingly, because they chose content that didn't reflect some personal experience that the judges decided that contestant ought to have mined, instead of the thing that the challenge actually inspired. (The first case was Leon, taken to task on pop art for, apparently, not being deaf enough; now, Michelle is browbeaten because, despite her accident, she thought of amusing things in relation to cars rather than the accident.) Neither was a strong piece as art, but what business is it of the judges what the artists ought to think about in terms of their personal responses to the challenges?