You said: "To have more people look at, appreciate, and be exposed to art, wherever it comes from, however it's seen." If for no other reasons than these, this show is necessary in America and the World. Humanity needs creation and anything, even a reality TV show about making and critiquing artwork, however much it is edited, is feeding a hungry nation. With education dollars being cut and arts and music disappearing from our schools, the art snobs (oh, sorry, elitists) may pooh pooh it while paying ungodly amounts of money for S**T, doesn't mean it is not a valuable tool. From my perspective, if it is showing people art, how to make art or giving them an appreciation for experiencing art, then it is enormously successful.
I AM pretty disgusted by the number of MFAs selected for this show--as if they have any freakin' genuine creativity left in them after academia has sucked it out of them and could any of them actually create an original thought or artwork? Artists certainly take classes and learn from each other but this obsession in the "Art World" (sorry, I HAVE to take a bit of a sarcastic tone with it because they take themselves so f'in seriously!) with MFAs and classical training is NOT the be all or the end all of art. Honestly? There are only so many classical paintings I can stand to look at in a museum--after you've seen three or four, the rest are pretty predictable and is that really what we want? On the other hand, making weirdness to make weirdness and call it art doesn't make it art either. Some artists are really clever, in the most wily sense (Young is one) and are learning to market themselves as "message bringers" and "serious artists"--OH the "Art World" must just orgasm when they meet those artists.
I do hate that the show is only an hour and realize that there is a lot of conversation and technique that is on the cutting room floor--all of which I am guessing is valuable.
I love the challenges, try to come up with my own ideas for what I'd do and plan to execute these sometime in the coming months to see if I can make a work of art in less than two days. I DO love all the access to materials (that gi-normous printer for one) that the artists are given. Would love to hear more of the critiques because I think many things are taken out of context, but I also think that as humans, the judges seem to have "favorites" that they champion, even with the artist really is just getting by (for you, I think Michelle is one of your favorites though I don't think she really has demonstrated that she is that much more capable than some of the others, and clearly, you have a crush on Lola. I wish there was a way to scour your memories from week to week so you have to look at each artists work fresh each time.
Yes, sometimes you come across as a complete douchbag, but there are times when I agree with your assessment (as seen on TV). Regardless of whether I agree with you, I do respect you, the other judges and especially the artists for even putting themselves out there in what has to be a pressure cooker situation, as well as for their artwork and creative process, whether or not I care for their pieces, I'm just thrilled that ART is finally going mainstream and I want MORE, MORE, MORE. I just don't want this show to be the definer of what art is because art is practically indefinable being as subjective as it is and because there are so many mediums available now that weren't even possible just 40 years ago....
You have a great, quirky style in your blogs. Or else your assistant does. Either way, you make me chuckle and sometimes even guffaw. Hee hee.