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I remember talking to Damien Hirst once about the true test of value (dollar value that is) for an artwork is how long you can leave it on the street before it's stolen. Now that's not entirely related to the commercial challenge this week, but it does speak to the question of demand. Beyond what any TV judge or art critic thinks, often popularity is the ultimate real-time gauge, and when the public dips into their wallets, the people have spoken.
What did Lola say to the little girl for a secret?! You obviously have it on tape, why didn't you tell us what she said?! We want to know!!!!!!
What did Lola say to the little girl when she whispered in hear ear the secret that she bought from here for 25 cents?! We all want to know what she said to make her cry!!! You obviously have it on tape, why would you tease us with that and then not show it?! Come on!!! Tell us what she said!!!
The biggest laugh I had ( and this show is a joke to any artist ) was when one of the judges praised LoLa on her ability to draw..... really ? I would have been laughed out of Lyme College of Fine Art if I had presented a piece I had traced using a projector...... We had one individual who tried and he eventually left for that very reason. The professors and students all were appalled by his lack of skill and attempt to pass a tracing.......... sadly your show has now given the public the belief that artists have no talent. Hell anyone can trace using a projector even a child. This show demeans artists everywhere. The people who watch this show will never seriously consider art as a profession again. Why would any person buy a piece of art after watching this show ? You are harming my profession.
Love Lola...woman of many moods/devices. Question: If she sold 1 portrait for $100, how did she only make $212?
artist that draw freehand are creative.lola cheats and traces like a kid & is praised.crazy or are the judges liking her because she is a mean nasty person that ppl dislike & can't wait till she is voted off. that's the only reason to watch anymore. she poses naked & this is art? man , the public misses sucklord!
I think a lot of the artists underestimated the buying public. It did not have to become a craft fair. Sara proved that with her wonderful watercolors. She sold all of the paintings she made in the studio and had to improvise to have more to sell. I don't have much money, so I was incredibly jealous of the people who were able to buy her affordable pieces! I love that the portraits were not caricatures, which would have brought her down to craft fair level, too. And, I think the secret Lola told the little girl was there is no Santa Claus! Even though there really is a Santa Claus and I suspect Lola is one of his naughty elves!
***Bill thinks the secrets written on Lola's piece transformed it into an "achingly sincere" piece***, .... it's striking though that during the full hour, not once was the text she wrote on her nude image shown long enough to be read and understood. I have the impression that what Bill said was, unfortunately, just a cheap substitute for telling her: "As long as you keep showing your breasts, you'll be fine during this competition!" It's sad, and it takes away the enjoyment for the potential art shown during the show, really.
So boring watching the judges allow Lola to keep passing off the same tired photos of herself as art. You give her too much credit - she is an exhibitionist emotionally and physically. I don't believe for a minute that she felt anything near humiliation writing those things.
Art is anything that can evoke emotion. Bill is right, Lola put herself out there with her nakedness and embarrassing confessions. The picture Lola made is not sexy, she is not a Playboy model, it's an honest and harsh nude of a normal person. Whether she's an exhibitionist or not is beside the point, nude is still a taboo in society (and TV!). To choose this approach to go sell to the public (on the street no less!) is confronting the public with its boundaries. In my opinion, the fact that there is so much hoo-ha about her work makes this a true piece of art, one of the few I've seen on the show. What I REALLY didn't like about this episode was that sales were the discriminating factor. Art on the edge can be hard to sell, ask Vincent van Gogh. Art can be unpleasant to look at. If you do not sell your art well it does not say anything about the quality of what you make, it only says something about your salesmanship. Lastly, one of the judges (I think it was Bill) suggested something was not art. That is f***ing pretentious, as art is always in the eye of the beholder. It doesn't speak to you? Fine. It's been done before? Sure. It looks like junk to you? OK. But saying "not art" to something intended to be an expression of art is the most clueless thing a so-called expert can say, as art is always arbitrary. Marcel Duchamp put a toilet in a gallery and it became art. What if one of the contestants had just sprinkled some nuts and bolts of last week's episode's Fiat on a buttered sandwich and called it their artwork? He'd have been done in thirty seconds and he would have had the most provocative piece in the exposition. These judges would have dismissed it and called it "not art". They would have been wrong. NEVER make that mistake again, Bill. It makes you look bad, pretentious and respectless.
I was appalled by the challenge parameters. It was ridiculous to expect sellable art to be created and sold in 5 hours along with a gallery exhibited piece created in an additional hour. Yes, the idea is to see how the artists can create under pressure and constraints. But no artist can create finished work of high quality in such a short period of time. Sara was the deserved winner as she applied her talent and skills. Kymia's concept was strong but shouldn't a finished piece have basic visual qualities from Art Principles 101 class - use of color, shape, etc?
> Lola doesn't deserve to be respected as an artist. Her process and her Survivor-like tactics scream INTELLECTUAL DISHONESTY. This episode's title perfectly fits her, SELL OUT. Artists like Lola give, not only this show, but the art community, a bad name. Very cheap indeed. > My final three: Dusty, Young and Sarah K. They've shown maturity, integrity and honesty. And, unlike Lola, they don't have to resort to cheap tactics. > I was disappointed with Young's work in this episode, though. But I can't blame him that much for they were given a very cheap challenge for this ep. This isn't a marketing contest for christ's sake! > This challenge even lowered more my already low respect for the show.