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Jerry’s back with a stink-eye! Yay!
Hooray! Welcome back, ‘Gasmii! It’s time for another round of “How the hell do you do a reality show based on ART??!” I didn’t realize how much I missed Work of Art until it graced my TV screen again last night for the Season 2 premiere. I want to make sure I give it my full attention and not rush through a half-assed recap–so stay tuned for the full recap over the weekend sometime. In the meantime, here’s a taste of what happened last night.
They kept the exact same format as last year, which is comforting. The artists all meet up at the Brooklyn Museum, check out each others’ self-portraits (some are weird, some are awesome, and some just suck), and size up the competition. There’s a guy called The Sucklord, whom I was prepared to DESPISE, but I actually liked him. A lot. There’s a deaf Malaysian guy who breaks my heart a little, a handful of quirkily pretty brunettes, a “street artist,” and a dude from Arkansas with a mini-mullet.
Then China Chow and Simon de Pury strut out to greet them, and I get tears in my eyes. What a sap!
The first challenge starts right away. The contestants are taken to an offshoot gallery at the Brooklyn Museum, where a shit-ton of hideous yard-sale art is displayed. Most of the artists try to be nice about it when asked, but they all think it’s awful. Good news! It’s meant to be! And you’re meant to take it and make it an outstanding piece of your own art. Go!
Some of the artists are pretty flexible and some are pretty rigid in what they usually do, and we see that shit come out right away. I think I know right away who’s going home first, and it’s a politically incorrect decision, but it has to be made. But don’t let me get ahead of myself!
Anyway, they do the whole gallery show, people look at it all and talk about it, and then the judges talk to the top three and the worst three. Someone wins! And three people’s art gets shit on (deservedly). And one person goes home–and it’s not who I expected. But it’s also the right decision.
Man, I’m not used to writing these mini/teaser recaps. Sorry. Just come back for the full thing this weekend, and otherwise join me as we talk about WORK OF ART! (Hooray!!!)