How Could You?

Episode 3: Bravotv.com's Assistant Editor thinks Dusty's piece was really speaking to the Sucklord and Lola's flirting.

While I do love the crying video (as I'm sure you've already gathered from the past two recaps), my new obsession is most certainly this video of Simon re-enacting the Beverly Hills game night fight. Is there really anything more brilliant that Simon playing Brandi, Kyle, Kim, and Taylor? Not at Bravo HQ in any event. Hearing him shout "slut pig" is even more enjoyable than hearing him say "Sucklord" over and over again, as hard as that may be to believe. work-of-art-season-2-gallery-rate-the-woNow that you've had your moment of joy with Simon de Pury, let's dive in to this week's challenge -- pop art. The artists took a number of different approaches. Kymia wanted to make a statement about the environment (and sexy advertising), Sarah took on the economic crisis, and the Sucklord went for the biggest crisis the country was facing at the time -- Charlie Sheen. How much did you want to play with the tiger blood and warlock dust?work-of-art-season-2-gallery-rate-the-wo

I think Dusty's trash can was really speaking to directly to the Sucklord. If you have a girlfriend, quit flirting with Lola! On the other hand though, I kind of love seeing if he has any game (which evidently he does). Clearly the key to successful seduction is to be a super villain.work-of-art-season-2-gallery-rate-the-woThere were some serious hits and misses at the gallery show. Kymia's work was a success, but I had to wonder, how would they be able to put such a, um, exposed pice in Entertainment Weekly? I took a stab at an alternative above. 

It was Young who won with his interactive Prop 8 piece. Props to you, Young! (Sorry, I couldn't resist).work-of-art-season-2-gallery-rate-the-wo

In the double elimination, Jazz-Minh and Leon (not just Jazz-Minh's two alter-egos) went home because their pieces didn't pop. Interesting side note, Jerry says in his blog that if Jazz-Minh had only included the "bite me" picture, she probably would have won. The importance of editing is definitely coming through this season, first Ugo now Jazz-Minh.Next week SJP is back and she's bringing some munchkins. No, not doughnuts, kids!

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!