Posts Tagged ‘jerry saltz’

Work of Art Episode 7, Child’s Play

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Well, here I am talking about my current fav show again. You know I can’t help myself. Its just to0 much fun, resistance is futile.

As soon as the group realized what their current challenge would be I knew they would have a very hard time of it. Creating, sophisticated art with elementary school supplies should not be hard in theory, but all those primary and bright colors will inevitably make an adult work appear juvenile, though not necessarily. I found myself wishing I could give them ideas, why not try this, do that, as Simon de Pury noticed the first attempts for the most part were weak.

I was curious to see what Jaclyn would do, since, using her body as reference and source would be tricky and clearly she struggled, her childhood experience is different than her adult experience, as a child, she was lonely and isolated, which gives a glimpse into understanding her high need for attention as an adult. Next week her piece will rely on her depiction of a private sexual act, her comfort zone.

I would have loved to see what Nao would have done with this challenge 😀

For the record, I liked Nicole’s piece most 😀 The white squares reminded me of school cafeteria trays (food for thought), and the layering effect and presentation, well done. And, In a shrinking group of big hungry egos, she seems so down to earth and grounded, refreshing.

This morning I went to Jerry Saltz’s (One of the judges on the show) blog as I do every week since I enjoy his recaps and all the banter that follows and I weighed in about Mile’s piece with this comment:

“While it was an afterthought (although the judges wouldn’t know it) Miles rubber band balls pulled the piece together in an interesting way conceptually and visually yet they seem to have no bearing on the judges analysis of the piece, unless it was edited that way.

The rubber band balls could be related to the inception of his child experiences by color (as he said, primary colors) playing with bouncing balls (I’m resisting any anatomical puns here) and definitely his ocd. Starting with a single band and winding and building the form over and over. The juxtaposition of the organic, round, muted, colorful forms caring a variety of meaning next to the sterile, black and white wall piece which was also an ocd type piece with its repetitive straight edged black squares, did represent more than just a repeat of what he has done before, which shouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing ( one could argue) since everything an artist does today originates with personal experience and with what one has done before, as a child. I hope that makes sense.”

I was more than thrilled to get a response from him:

“Dear Mr. or Ms. tanders
Thank you for your comments.
I had not noticed, as you point out, that “Miles rubber band balls pulled the piece together in an interesting way conceptually and visually.” You are right “They seem to have no bearing on the judges analysis of the piece.” I don’t really even remember the rubberband balls. D’oh! See, critics! Can’t live ‘em; can’t shoot ‘em.
You are right “rubber band balls could be related to the inception of his child experiences by color (as he said, primary colors) playing with bouncing balls (I’m resisting any anatomical puns here) and definitely his ocd.”
You’re good.
One of the reasons I wanted to do this show is to show that ‘real people’ could be great critics of art; that ‘real people’ can see as well and better than many in the art world.
You’re proof that this is true; unless you’re a ringer. Is this Miles? Or a friend of Miles? Come on!
Thank you,
Jerry Saltz”

hehehe

Of course I don’t know Miles and responded with my real name~~

Work of Art the Next Great Artist

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Last nights episode of Work of Art, the next Great Artist, in my opinion was the weakest yet. 🙁

I don’t have much time to write because its a work day but I will say that I simply can not understand why Jamie Lynn did not get cut and why Nao did. Nao can be obnoxious but her piece was the only piece that illicit ed any reaction at all, it was disturbing and confusing which is more than anyone else did, nothing at all was shocking, and that was the premise, make a shocking work of art. Sex is not shocking and Jacklyn’s soft core porn pic with yellow stars is similar to a gazzillion of images on the internet, its only redeeming value was her using Eric’s idea to put a jar of sharpies available for people to write graffiti on the images, that was conceptual but not shocking. Boring.

Need to think about it some more, but got to get to the gallery, its a work day

Edit: I have to say, its great fun watching the show and love the various discussions over the web. Jerry Saltz one of the judges does a recap each week and in the comments Jaclynn defends herself: “Critique my piece as you like, but do not suggest I lack self-awareness without first reading my thoughts on the piece. If you still hate it, fine. If anyone watching the show is really interested in myself or any of the other artists – rather than just trashing us – go to our websites, read our blogs, then make your assessments.”

I still think her piece wasn’t strong enough to be in the top two, and the eliminations were not well chosen. Jamie Lynn should have been cut, her piece was not at all interesting or shocking, and neither was the girl in the rabbit suit.

There was some very funny moments throughout and I enjoyed listening to Serrano.