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471 weeks ago @ Art Fag City - The Work of Art Recap:... · 0 replies · +1 points

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471 weeks ago @ Art Fag City - The Work of Art Recap:... · 0 replies · +1 points

I didn't think Jaclyn looked lazy. She was whine-y about her cold, but the sleeping itself didn't look bad to me. That's what you do when you're sick right?

Anyway, a bunch of contestants talk about getting ideas in their downtime. That's fine. It's the working in the downtime that's not cool. I mean, you see how frequently they're down to the wire. To me that's more significant. That said, as Judith mentions, I think it would have been better if no rule bending occurred.

471 weeks ago @ Art Fag City - The Work of Art Recap:... · 0 replies · +1 points

I think I'm getting tired of writing these round-ups. A lot of what I'm writing here should have been made clear within the post itself. Sorry about that.

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Borrowing from Antoni is fine in my books, mostly because she's just making art school level work. That's the case with most of them, which is why when you identify the reference, it basically hits you in the face.

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I still see it as an affectation. Just because she wears it all the time doesn't mean that it's not designed to illicit attention. It's a fairly targeted type of attention, but one none the less.

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I didn\'t think to look it up. I mean, once you know, it\'s obvious you should have, but it probably wasn\'t the first thing most people thought of. I didn\'t even think too carefully about whether he\'d actually planned to do it. It was clear to me that was never going to happen regardless of his plans, so I just dismissed the entire narrative as show filler.

471 weeks ago @ Art Fag City - The Work of Art Recap:... · 1 reply · +1 points

Oooh, for some reason I didn't recognize Donor without the Oka. Anyway, her work was new to me too, which didn't strike me as a good thing. She's basically an almalgum of Kiki Smith and Anslem Keifer without any of the darkness that can make both artists work compelling. Oka Donor's work doesn't say anything about nature accept that the figure is part of it. We already knew that. It's the worst of matchy-matchy concept art: Nature and humans are one = figure made of tree branches. Furniture and nature connect = coffee table made of tree branches. Table with holes casts a shadow that is the solar system. Give me a break. Her work gives me the feeling Oka Donor hasn't been to a contemporary art gallery in years.

471 weeks ago @ Art Fag City - The Work of Art Recap:... · 0 replies · +1 points

Actually, it's probably presentation more than process (though that's what I highlighted). The frame he made matched the shelf and the stretcher. It looked very clean and like it belonged in a gallery. Miles really understands the language of fine art, which is something I question about all the other remaining contestants (even Peregrine, though to a lesser degree). As far as the work itself, the black and white study didn't illuminate anything about fungus, and ultimately he just made a really big study of what bleach does to craft paper. It wasn't very good and the process was meaningless.

Academic: Realistic life drawings of the figure. I've used the term derisively, arguably unfairly (I know this was not a life drawing, but in this case close enough), but it's not like Fischbach gallery is making real inroads in the contemporary art scene, which is the best home this art could find. I don't know what Doner is, but I assume you're talking about Abdi. I found the techniques very cheesy. The wash as water in particular is a problem.

Nicole's work did seem model like to me, so I really disliked it for that. I looked at both and I thought: Which would look better in a gallery? Miles took that prize without question. Nicole's work seemed better suited to Eleven Rivington, a gallery that manages to consistently show undeveloped art.

471 weeks ago @ Art Fag City - The Work of Art Recap:... · 0 replies · +1 points

Admittedly though I may have been unfairly harsh on Jackie. More than anyone else, her enduring presence on the show has annoyed me -- even without the producer's hands I think she erodes the progress made by feminists. She seems obsessed with displaying her femininity but has no vision about what that might look like past outdated stereotypes: She's the powerless victim, she's well suited for childbearing, she's indecisive and needs direction (typically from men).

So even if the cheating was pervasive and she suffered unduly, I have a hard time feeling any sympathy.

471 weeks ago @ Art Fag City - The Work of Art Recap:... · 0 replies · +1 points

I didn't like Miles' piece, I just liked it better than everything else. He tries to push materials and I think he does a pretty good job of it even if it fails.

The cliche parts of Abdi's work:

The "water" treatment with the charcoal. I've seen that a million times and it smacks of undergrad.

The line drawing on top of charcoal rendering. Sometimes this can be effective, but you have to have the skills of Goya to pull it off. Abdi is not of this level.

Mind you I haven't seen the work in person - but from the close ups they showed on the TV I wasn't convinced.