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As does Lola’s inspired piece. Even if she’s impossible, I see in her work an original struggle to square internal tension with the real world. I am taken by her drawing of Libyan rebels with observations and words scrawled in the landscape. Lola has invented an economical way to occupy the extraordinarily uncanny space between photography, the news, drawing, and thinking. Adam McEwen, our articulate guest judge this week, is also taken by her work and agrees that her drawing would stand up in any Chelsea gallery.
This is the second week in a row I’m put off by something emotionally impervious about Sara J., who reasons, “I’m a Cancer, and Cancers are emotional.” Young puts a truer spin on this, saying his mother has cancer, and if his spot-on piece about Chinese dissonant artist Ai Weiwei wins the $20,000 that comes with tonight’s challenge he’ll buy a headstone for his recently deceased father. Wait. Did someone say $20,000 reward for winning one week’s challenge?! As Michelle observes, “I don’t think anyone in this room has ever had $20,000 in their bank account.” (Watching at home, I think, “That goes for anyone in this room as well.”) But I’m thrilled that one of these artists may get something for his or her effort.
What a great blog about a terrific episode. I laughed, cried and am in awe of your deep understanding of the artist's work. Love it.
Young's work was, as usual, amazing. When he said that he was going to take his mother to Korea I cried. Bayete is not only a wonderful artist but I, for one, will miss his humor. I am sad to see him leave the show.
Jerry, please, some 20 something put you in spankx? You allowed it? Laughing and crying at the thought.
Thanks for the blog!
Hi Jerry, Thanks for the laugh. Please don’t wear spanx. There’s a special place in Hell for the person who invented those things. I like things that surprise and exceed expectations and so far the show has done both for me. Many of us are getting an education about how to talk about art. Does a piece work? If not, or if so, then why? I believe that in order to make something conscious, you have to be able to explain it clearly. It’s so nice to see something that so many find threatening, exclusive and foreign get the demystifying treatment. The WOA judges are doing a great job IMO.
All I can say is this art must look different in person than by camera because the one that went home last week I truly liked. Then this week giving the cash to stacks of black paper was a terrible mistake. That USA with the people was beautiful. So call me a nonartist or the judging on this show is off. It seems more personal judging steering the points in a direction not for the best WORK.
Why steer Sucklord away from his original idea to a stupid failing idea. Leave him alone to cause his own demise. Im not thrilled with his work but the first idea seemed far better than the one he switched to because some host disagreed with his intentions. Bad move Sucklord stand by your work.
Seems to me it's cheating when you trace images as Lola did in her piece. Is that what they teach in art school? Come on! Lola didn't even believe in that piece of "art"... look at her face when she realizes she's in the top. She's like ha! I can't believe you people are falling for this. Maybe that's what makes her a true artist? Well if she is or if she is so very beautiful to look at that I don't want her to get voted off. haha...
Anyway, I'm glad Young won. I didn't see it at first but the finished product actually made a statement as none of the others did. I liked Michelle's piece this week though. It didn't stand out but I really feel for her story.
I'm actually starting to have a soft spot for Sucklord. Even if he hasn't come through with the art so far I still have faith that he's going through an inner transformation. Regardless he makes great reality TV and isn't that what this show is about anyway?
Jerry, you write this blog as though you have viewed the airing of this episode instead of relying on memory from what happened the week of this challenge. That's great. But, it's strange that you would write about Sucklord's original idea and fail to mention that he was persuaded by Simon that he was being too literal, once again.
I think it's more than fair, in fact, the right thing even, to hold Sucklord responsible for the ultimate decision to scrap it, but I thought it odd that you relay that segment here as though he inexplicably threw his hands up and went off in a weird conspiratorial direction completely unprompted or encouraged to do so.
Enjoyed your blog, nonetheless. And just from a viewers perspective, I'd have chosen Michelle's piece this week. I feel like the judges found Young's typically and predictably irresistible.
ROTFLMFAO. OMG. Spanx for men. It's about damn time. And thank you for explaining so succinctly the agony women have known for generations about girdles. Keep grazing. You look just fine and it is reality tv, so looking real is a nice touch.
Lola is a MESS. Each week her snarky self shows more and more and her lack of skills also appear. WTF were those paper mached "weapons" about and why did you all completely ignore that part of her installation? P.S. Lola it's called an armorer.
Michele does have a funny sense of humor, but frankly, she seems very emotionally disturbed with ther obsession with her dark topics.
Bayetes piece was so awful I don't know how he could even put his name on it.
Young's piece was intriguing but "slick" and felt very calculated.
Dusty's piece was amazing and he should have won.