Work of Art: Season 1 Episode 1 Part 2
Wait. We have…what? What’s going to be the term here? We can’t say “We have dresses to rip!” We have art to … pee on? We have art to make snotty comments about? We have art to fart? Minions, help us.
Additionally, we’re finding it, not so much difficult but certainly interesting, trying to flex our heretofore largely unused art critique muscles. It’s very different from talking about hemlines and silhouettes. We’re not art critics and won’t ever claim to be (just like we have never claimed to be fashion experts), but we’re finding it an interesting blogging experiment trying to continue to blog in our bitchy gay voice while trying to say something that’s at least a little interesting about art. Darlings, we’re our very own work in progress. Join us, won’t you?
Hopefully once the cast gets whittled down we’ll be able to do more character bits (for lack of a better term) but right now, we’ve got a ton of paintings to … rip. That sounds awfully violent, kittens. Let’s come up with something soon.
This is just all right. We’re really not sure what she’s saying here. Additionally, the whole, “flashing your cooch on the way out of the limo” is such a 2003 kind of joke.
Let’s look at her portrait of Judith.
Enh. We’re all for the non-literal self-portrait, but we get nothing at all from this. No sense of who John is or how he sees himself, except maybe that he’s cold and unemotional, which we doubt was the intent.
We like this one quite a bit more. It’s like he switched out the circles and squares of his own self-portrait, for these somewhat clinical-looking representations of Tron. Interesting how he kept (on a very basic level) the triangle shape. There’s something a little mathematical and cold about his work.
This, on the other hand, is FANTASTIC! We just LOVE old ladies who throw around the word pussy just to shock prissy girls. We are so behind Judith’s Power Pussy movement. “Proud Pussy!” It should be a song, a t-shirt, AND a bumper sticker!
It’s not a great portrait but it is something that would catch your eye from across the room. That’s not necessarily a hallmark of great art, but it is something that’ll keep you in the game longer on a reality competition. Technically, it’s good but it’s really the pose and facial expression that makes it interesting. Presumably she directed her subject so this represents some smart choices and a good eye.
We’ll give her major props for boldness. It takes some ovaries to paint your subject naked right after meeting her and on national television. We question the … we guess verisimilitude would be the word, since she didn’t actually see her naked. Not that it should be perfectly representational, but the artist really has no idea what she’s painting. It’s all coming from her imagination, which kind of turns the idea of the nude portrait on its head. Normally, a nude portrait is done as a way of laying the subject bare both literally and figuratively. It’s a highly personal form of portraiture and the fact that she doesn’t know her subject at all makes the choice both a bold one and a strange one to make.
It’s awfully basic. Something that takes no time to conceive or execute. Granted, art isn’t a race, but if neither the process nor the end result is of any interest – Come on now, a silhouette portrait? What is this, 1870? – then we question the concept.
Interesting and strange. It’s such a low-key piece, but then again, the subject strikes us as pretty low-key. Interesting use of the reptile-skin textile. Since John’s self portrait was so geometric, we think it was kind of brilliant to turn him into a cube.
[Screencaps: tomandlorenzo.com - Photo Credit: BravoTV.com]