Welcome back! In this episode, we touch on art movements and Tate smashes his finger open like a blown out hotdog.
First, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, joins the artists for the Foundation Challenge – making modern Elviras. Some of the ideas were ok, but I didn’t pay enough attention to who won because I was busy googling my favorite Elvira moments.
The woman is a national treasure.
SPOTLIGHT CHALLENGE: Take an art movement and create a character to reside within it.
I have some serious issues with this challenge, mainly because I’m already hearing contestants talk about how they don’t know what the movements actually are (you know who you are!). Am I being a stickler asshole about this? Yes. Should I be? Maybe! Someone needs to be! Things are named things for a reason, words have meaning, and a solid background in basic art history is crucial for anyone working in the arts! That said, most of the contestants are embracing the challenge whole heartedly…even if I hate everything about their concepts. Because I’m a stickler and an asshole.
Then again, I’m no artist, and these people do things that I’m confident I would never posses the imagination and the skill to achieve. I’ll just sit back, enjoy the show, and judge them on my website.
Lauren: Well…you could argue…there are some elements of futurism here, which is related to constructivism, so she’s like, 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon from the challenge…She tried. The piece failed. But she did try. And I bet your ass she googled the shit out of constructivism after that.
Judges: Safe, but not great.
Lauren: Oddly…I like it. I think his head sculpt definitely feels impressionist, though I’m not loving the paint job. The red is just unnerving. I can see the heavy ‘paint brush’ strokes effect he created and it certainly fits the theme…I just wish his paint job was better because it is so, so bad.
Judges: Colors read better up close, feels smashed together, feels monster-y
Laney: Pop Art
Lauren: Liechtenstein’s bad acid trip.
Judges: feels pop art, but what about execution
Lauren: The simplicity is really nice. I like the muted tones, which to me is a signature element of of early Cubism. She needs to stop fucking negging herself though. I’m over it. Buck up, buttercup, because if you keep talking about how bad you are, eventually people will believe you.
Judges: Bums Ve out that she didn’t do anything on the arms, very successful
Lauren: Ugh. At first I totally hated that she was painting everything in hot/cold. I really, really hate primary color use and hot/cold. However…she killed it. Killed it dead. The paint job is absolutely gorgeous and adds dimension that only enhanced her actual sculpture. Brilliant.
Judges: another amazing paint job
Lauren: This is not a successful piece. I appreciate the story behind it (dad smoked) and I understand the imagery, but the execution leaves something much more to be desired. However, I think it’s clear that he understands what surrealism is and what would be required of his piece. I appreciate the intent, it just didn’t come through in execution.
Judges: I do not like this makeup, needs to work on ‘attractiveness’
Lauren: Boy do I really dislike this. I can’t help it. It’s not that it isn’t well done – the sculpting and body contouring are nice. I just think it’s ugly. It’s ugly and the only thing that screams expressionism to me is the shape of the volcano, and that is pushing it. Unless his intent was the ‘expressionist’ breaking out of the ‘impressionist’ (that horrible ‘earth’ banner)? In which case…ugh. I just can’t find any love for this piece.
Judges: Love that you can see ‘bulges’
Lauren: LLLLLOOOOOOVVVVVEEEEEEE iiiittttt. Talk about someone who gets it! The perspective on the iron rail is awesome, the attention to the whole look is really well thought out and he clearly has an understanding of the movement (though showing an actual construction worker is a bit on-the-nose).
Judges: love the forced perspective
Lauren: The judges aren’t sure if this is surreal. I’m here to tell them that it is not surreal.
Judges: More of a costume than a makeup
WINNER: Laura!! Of course. Look at it!