Jerry Saltz

Jerry was pleasantly surprised by Sarah Jessica Parker during the crit.

on Nov 3, 20110

Sucklord comes as close as he’s ever come to actually making what I’d call art. In an inspired leap, he translates an already good tree drawing into a better sculptural Styrofoam tree. But instead of seeing how excellently mythic this tree-thing is in its raw state, he gives in to his idiotic inner super-villain, paints it over, and places Star Wars characters on it. Sucklord! You shall not pass!

I love Michelle’s super-strange paper sculpture with sinister eyes. It easily could have won. Dusty’s abstract portrait with moving parts was lovely and his best piece thus far. So somehow he squeaks through to the winner’s circle -- which is fine, as Michelle is such a force as an artist I’m now sure she’ll be hard to stop. Sara J. should have gone home this week for selfishly being unable to get over herself, ignoring her kid’s multicolored, large-scaled word grid (the best single work among the kids’) and made a bathos-filled generic grid about her own childhood traumas and her parents’ divorce. (You wouldn’t believe the uncontrollable crying that went on during her crit.) I’m sorry, artists -- all of us have dark, even hair-raising pasts. Many of us have darker presents. Why else would some of us be drawn to being on a reality-TV game show?

Kymia’s fairy tale is the winner, and the loser this week is an artist I’ve been pretty hard on, Tewz. I have to admit I kind of like his concrete sculpture of the word grow. But I suspect this self-defined “street artist” would have been sent home sooner or later. As he said of us when we were unable to see that his work was what he called “beautiful,” “F--- ‘em.” After we filmed, I went to his website for a look, and if he reins in his cartooning tendencies and the ‘tude, he could be fine.

5 comments
Christine P
Christine P

I liked Lola's piece best. It was visually sophisticated in the way that it engaged with the newspaper story. As for the tracing of the images, I had no problem with that, it still had her personal imprint. Real artists use the tools available to them. You wouldn't criticize someone for using a computer. She's a fun character on the show.

kaylynnef
kaylynnef

I enjoyed seeing Sucklord's sweet side with the young artist he worked with. It made me like him, where before, his testosterone driven comments made me think he was shallow.

Do Art
Do Art

Thank God Michelle decided to change her piece. Her end result did remind me of a muppet sort of but I wouldn't have called it a great piece of art. WTF is up with her and all that curly paper??

Lola really took an easy out--as usual. She seems to just do "enuf" but no more.

Sucklord's sculpture was awesome. I wish he had left out the toys and done something different. He does seem to do knock off work, which has a place. Still, he is fun tv.

Sara's breakdown was difficult to watch and I truly felt compassion for her as it is clear that her art process stirred up much emotion she has not yet dealt with and seems to me a rich mine for her. Let's face it Michelle is at least as disturbed but when she makes something from her f*(#@ed up past experiences you call it art. If the artist doesn't draw upon their experiences, then doesn't that leave the work soul-less? IMO you have to have your heart in the work as much as you have your head in the work.

Reality Check
Reality Check

Face it - Sucklord sucks - that was probably Sucklord himself who wrote that - Someone else made those toys - they are someone else's art. I'm all for fighting for your own brand but geez, find the brand first and stop using someone else's and claiming it as your own. It's insulting.

Sucklord Rulez
Sucklord Rulez

I found your crit to sucklord terribly insulting to artists. You seem to have an issue with his medium of choice, and your demands that he stop using toy figurines in his work is short-sighted. I guess you would also advise Matisse to stop using paper cut outs and maybe Kara Walker should stop using those darn silhouettes.... and Calder... stop with the mobiles already.

Seriously?! Criticize his authenticity, his message, his execution... whatever. But your criticisms tend to resemble the opinions of someone who has little respect for the actual artistic process or knowledge of how artist actually work. YOU have a hangup with Sucklord's work, fine. But suggesting he change his process simply because you are a bit old-fashioned in your artistic tastes is just sad considering you are supposed to be one of TODAY's leading art critics.