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As always I am sad to see any contestant being eliminated. It clearly must have been tough for the judges to make their choice. I felt the Sucklord was genuinely much more concerned about not letting down the junior artist whose work had been assigned to him, than about what the judges might say of his work. His not wanting to disappoint his junior artist partner did not prevent him from producing a work that also had a close brush with elimination. His impassioned and collegial plea to the judges on behalf of Tewz did, luckily for the Sucklord, little to prevent the latter from being eliminated from the competition.
This was an interesting challenge, and it did seem to get several of the artists out of their boxes. I actually thought the child's word piece was better than some of last week's pop art pieces, too... it must have been hard to rise up to, in some ways, but the scale, at least, could have been more equal.
I actually thought this was the first interesting piece by Tewz, though I have no problem with him going home, since he seemed to be in over his head. I wish his explanation for his piece had been better. He explained it as literal, but I liked the idea of connecting it to growing up in the city. It might have been more interesting if the things 'growing' out of the concrete had the color and shape of the things in the painting. I think Bayete has been as awful as the Sucklord and Tewz, but he's rarely called on it. Twice now he's made simplistic videos and actually won with one of them. He had the most accomplished piece by the children and managed to make something nowhere near as engrossing. He does the most obvious things with film and seems to skate right under the radar.
I love you Simon! I love the way you say "sucklord"! You are the main reason I watch the show! Thank you for your mentorship to the artists!
Art is constantly changing and evolving. I am so curious how you stay up to date with everything going on in the art world Simon. Would love to read a blog about this from you (and the judges). As an artist, it is a constant struggle for balancing all that needs to be done from a practical standpoint and create. I love that the show included artworks by children--art has no age limits!