Eye of the Tiger Penis

Episode 6: Bravotv.com's Assistant Editor would really like a set of Lola and Michelle's sexy tiger stickers.

Well the time has finally come for the Sucklord to take his leave of the competition. He had a good run, and I think everyone will miss the kooky toymaker. Who would have guessed that he would also be the resident ladies man? Who will Simon address as "your lordship?" Who will educate us on Lord of the Rings lore? Alas! Like every good super villain, in the end he was defeated.

But to fill the Sucklord shaped hole in your heart, enjoy this little compilation of his best moments: work-of-art-season-2-gallery-rate-the-wo

This week's challenge was chaotic, much like Michelle and Lola's wild tiger sex party. But rather than sexy, the workroom was more somber. This was due to the Mean Girls moment when Michelle and Lola ignored Kymia. Shocking, I know, but tears were shed. At this point I'm waiting for one of the artists to create a work using all the tears shed during the competition. Not quite sure how someone would pull it off, but hey, you'd save on supplies. work-of-art-season-2-gallery-rate-the-wo

In the end Young and Dusty's piece carried off the win (and the prize money). Like I said last week, Young is really racking up the prizes here. If he keeps winning he'll just end up with the grand prize money before even reaching the final challenge. But yay for Dusty, because you could tell he was crushed he didn't take home the win last week.

Kymia and Sara must have felt pretty vindicated when they ended up on the top and Lola and Michelle were in the bottom two. I wonder if they resisted the urge to tell the tiger penis team to suck it? But the sticker sisters stuck around and the Sucklord was sent packing for his maze idea. Sarah better step it up next week though, because I think the judges have a close eye on her now after being in the bottom two weeks in a row. Next week Work of Art is taking a pre-Thanksgiving break, but we're back the following week and the artists get ready to pimp their ride piece.

An Alternate Universe

Bill loved that Kymia's exhibit brought viewers to a new world.

I remember last year questioning why rock stars receive standing ovations. Athletes, ballet dancers, and actors, too, but where is the applause for artists? Now I know this might sound hypocritical coming from a guy who told Sucklord that Mr. Brainwash after a lobotomy would have made more compelling street art, but I really do mean it. I could never withstand the pressure cooker these artists subjected themselves to by participating on Work of Art, and I commend each of them on their bravery. 

I told Young during the finale crits that his installation reminded me how we all live three lives: our public life, our private life, and our secret life. His projected biography interweaving Korean family traditions with his first generation experience as a proud gay man was about as all American as it gets. Seeing him pay tribute to his late father echoed a famous quote from Ayn Rand about our mortality when she said, "It's not I who shall die, but the world which will end." Now that I think about it, the same sentiment probably applies to reality TV competitions. In Young's case, he mined his father's death for all the material he could get, and it rang out as personal, political, and (like Kymia's show) semi-mythological. It's a tough tightrope to tread on the path to universal appeal and the abyss of the generic is a bottomless pit. 

Sara hinted at some of her personal struggles with the mattress full of hypodermic needles of which KAWS remarked, "It kind of makes bedbugs seem inviting." She also constructed a barrier of handwritten fears hung on a makeshift clothesline blocking your entrance into her show, a limbo stick of self-doubt every gallery viewer was forced to overcome. I had hoped Sara would embrace her mesmerizing approach to watercolors, which garnered so much attention during the season from her very first gallery show of the woman being slow-roasted to the sellout challenge where her portraits did gangbusters. In my head I envisioned Sarah painting massive canvases highlighting her signature style. 

When Kymia followed that impulse for her finale show, look at the results. Wow! Aliens, twins, ancient Egyptians -- Kymia created a whole alternate universe with its own unknowable history. I urge everyone to go check out her exhibition in person when it opens at The Brooklyn Museum. How cool that her work will be hanging in the same building as Eva Hesse and Alice Neel.

As for Season 3? We will have to see if our Work of Art worked for Bravo. Otherwise I hope we might be remembered as the Arrested Development of reality TV. I'll miss you guys!