“I see art school pussies.”
Hello, fellow lovers of television, Bravo, and art! I know, there are a whopping five of us in the world, so it shouldn’t be too hard to pull up a seat to chit-chat with me about this week’s episode of Work of Art. It was certainly dramatic, and I certainly didn’t care for any of the “art” that was created this time around. But the right person went home this week, and that’s all that matters. Also, I got my fill of Vitamin D and rum this past week, so we’re good to go.
Last week, the gang drove cars through NYC and documented their journey through their art. Jaclyn’s trapping of the male gaze garnered her the win, and Jaime Lynn went home for producing yet another junior high art class piece. I felt like it was Jaime’s time, and I’m still stewing a little about Jaclyn’s win. But whatever.
What are we in for this week? Well, basically an hourlong tantrum from Erik, that’s what. The artists are getting ready for the new day, and Mark asks Erik what he’s going to do this time around. Erik whines that he doesn’t know what the judges want, that he doesn’t get all the conceptual shit and the acting (ahem, Miles) and will just do what he does. And he takes a swig from some carton of what I believe is coconut water. I’ve seen this carton on pretty much every Bravo show lately. What is it with these product placements without having the accompanying commercial during the break? It’s intrusive. But I’m sure the Bravo ad sales department is cheering because I noticed it AND said something about it. Because now you’ll all be looking for it. I’ll let you know where you can send the check, guys.
Back to Erik: he’s sulking because he’s not winning and Miles is. And Jaclyn. I really think any other artist could be winning challenges now and Erik would be okay with it. But Miles, and to a lesser extent, Jaclyn, bugs the absolute shit out of him. I’m not there for the whole experience he’s having, but I gotta think I’d be inclined to feel the same way. Then we hear the usual interview of doom, where a contestant talks about how important this show is to them. That means Erik is going home tonight! You all know I’m right, so I won’t pretend like it’s even a question. Let’s just catalog his missteps along the way for fun, hmm?
The artists head out in their Audis (with drivers this time, I’m sure). They arrive at an open lot with some stuff scattered throughout. Walls with ladders sticking straight out, parallel to the ground; big rocks that look like abandoned rock-climbing walls; etc. Nicole is excited, thinking it’s a public art challenge. She LOVES public art. I don’t know what “public art” is. Isn’t all art public? Isn’t private art what my date wants to do behind closed doors?
I Google it, lest I let you all down. Public art is indeed public. It’s also usually outdoors and challenges the creators to consider the site where it’s being installed, the community that will be partaking in it, and the collaborative effort that it takes for it to be created. There are a whole bunch of other specifics to consider about it, but for our purposes, this is good enough.
Here’s some from the town I love!
China’s there to greet the artists at this public art space. With her is Yvonne Force Villareal, a pajamas-clad nerd. Oh, I’m sorry, she’s just wearing impossibly large glasses and some printed jumpsuit that looks like Nick and Nora PJs at Target. Yvonne is the cofounder of the Art Production Fund, and she explains to the artists what public art means to HER. Basically, she’s laying down the unspoken rules of this week’s challenge. Again, public art considers the site first, is inspired by it. Then the piece uses the site to “heighten the communication” to the public.
We may have to sic “What Not to Wear” on this chick.
Then China tells the group that they have two days to create a work of public art. Nicole’s like me, very expressive in her reactions to things. She grins and jumps around at the idea of doing public art. When China tells them that it’s a team challenge–two teams of four–she makes a long, slow “ohhhhh snaaaaaap” gesture. I thought I caught her making a “hanging myself from a noose while shooting myself in the head” gesture, but I can’t be sure. From what I can tell, NO ONE is happy that it’s a team challenge.
Well, time to pick teams. Of course, it’s by random assignment, again by tubes of paint. Jaclyn chooses first, since she won last week. Which makes no sense–there’s no advantage to choosing first if it’s all random. Stupid. Anyway, the teams break down as follows, and the tension between parties is pretty much exactly what you expect: Blue team: Jaclyn, Erik, Miles, and Peregrine. Red team: Mark, Nicole, Abdi, and Ryan. I’m happy to see the other team be pretty happy with their set-up. Other than Mark, they’ve got a bunch of positive energy! Not so for Blue!
The artists have two days to complete the challenge. Right now, though, they have 15 minutes to dream up public art ideas while in the space. Then they’ll head back to the studio to pitch their ideas to each other. The team will have to decide on one idea to see through to completion. In a voiceover that was obviously recorded in a studio after the fact, China also tells them that the studio is stocked with “everything you could possibly need to do this challenge.” Wow, I wish I knew what that meant–do they have welding tools and glassblowers and a full hardware store? That’s pretty cool! And I can’t help but think back to Launch My Line, when the designers had to buy ALL of their fabric for the entire season on the first day. Crazy.
Right away, Blue Team heads off to a cleared space and Miles starts off with his tree-fort idea. Are you surprised that he wants to build a fort? Me neither. Then he alerts the group to his other ideas for the challenge, his themes. Wait a sec, I thought they were supposed to pitch ideas to each other later, after having time to get a feel for the space? Erik throws out an idea of having vines grow up from the base into the structure of the tree-fort. The team is totally on board with the idea. Erik seems to be in a good place right now, is excited about making something big and sculptural.
Miles hops up on Erik’s shoulders so they can survey the site from the height of the tree-fort. Jaclyn’s taking photos and Peregrine is taking notes. They’re all working really well together so far, despite it being Miles’ idea, not a team idea. Miles even has something nice to say about Erik (padded by a passive-aggressive barb about him being self-conscious about not having any formal art training), saying that he thinks Erik has great ideas and will flourish in this environment. You could not be more wrong, Miles.
Meanwhile, on the Red Team, a more collaborative thought process is happening. Nicole speaks of how important the sky is to New Yorkers and is otherwise all tripped out about the zen of the space. Ryan’s just ready to get to work. Typical Mars/Venus shit right there!
Before they head back to the studio, Jaclyn tries to make peace with Erik in the most awkward way possible. Remember that a challenge or two ago, Erik gave Jaclyn the idea to have people write in Sharpie on her photos. Jaclyn didn’t give Erik credit during crit and he pooped his diaper about it. Instead of saying, “Hey Erik, I’m sorry about how things went down the other day. I hope there are no hard feelings. Let’s kick ass together on this challenge,” she says, “Also, for this challenge, I’m sorry, and I hope that…we just don’t bring up anything in the past.” Ew, don’t remind me that we fought, okay? Erik accepts the apology and is glad she extended the olive branch first. He thinks Jackie’s a good egg.
Back at the studio, the Red Team sits down to brainstorm. Nicole brought back some of the gravel from the site and speaks of how inspiring the shapes are. Sigh, artists. The group is very positive and teamwork-oriented so far. And their idea is to build something that people can rest upon to gaze at the sky, based on the shapes of the space. Bring nature back into the psyche, yadda yadda. Sigh, artists!
The Blue Team is holding a board meeting at a drafting table. As Peregrine’s pursing her lips to speak about their idea so far, Jaclyn’s totally shooting it down as being aesthetically unpleasant. Erik is tapping a pencil against the table and looking like he wants to barf with insecurity. I recognize the expression as one of my own from my past, when I’d get into a group situation with people who intimidated me. My stomach is instantly nervous on his behalf. Not sympathy, mind you, but empathy.
Anyway, Jaclyn doesn’t want the piece to look like a treehouse, and from the sketches we’re shown, it totally does. Part of me is like, “Totally, no treehouse! Treehouses suck!” But then I get to thinking that there are probably a few cityfolk who’ve never had the pleasure of sitting in a treehouse, especially not in the middle of the city. So why NOT a treehouse? A no-bones-about-it treehouse? Miles doesn’t seem to be put off by the blunt criticism and moves on to the next idea. When Peregrine and Jaclyn shoot down the vines idea (Erik’s one contribution so far), Miles is cool with it. Erik is not. Jaclyn’s not very nice about it either, calling the vines “silly.” The tree-fort is now something of a swoopy shape, somehow, by the way.
And here’s a swoopy shape.
Erik’s really concerned that he’ll be totally walked over at judging if he doesn’t have a say in how this piece turns out. When he tells that to the group, they’re all like, “Right, it’s a team challenge.” No sweat, buddy. But he feels like he’s being ignored or told that his ideas are stupid. Start the pout patrol–it’s happenin’ in three, two, one…
Mark brags about his metalwork in recent months, as the Red Team starts to assemble their piece. I like the pieces they’re showing us–maybe he should stick to metal for his medium. His point of view seems more unique in that realm. The rest of the team is drawing up plans and assembling materials.
Back over at the Blue Team, Miles and Peregrine are planning the angles of the swoopy tree-fort seat they’re building. Erik is cutting lumber and Jaclyn is taking care of all the little stuff. The way Erik says it, you’d think she was serving as a personal assistant/waitress or something. So far, though, they’re all doing fine as a team. Erik is totally helping out. So, no big deal, right? Just wait.
Ryan and Abdi are cutting lumber on their side. Ryan’s a little scary with the saw–stay far away, Abdi! Then Ryan takes a flimsy-looking piece of wood and tries to break it, mock-angrily, over his knee. It doesn’t break. Over and over again, it holds fast. What a doof.
The artists are done for the night and head home to the beaverhausen. Erik and Ryan end up smoking together, as usual. Ryan asks Erik about the teamwork at play on the Blue Team. Clearly, Erik misses the point as he bitches to Ryan about the whole thing. He is totally hung up on the idea of being called out for not having anything to do with the concept of the piece and seems to want to sabotage the teamwork element of the challenge just to prove his point. Which is only going to prove him right…and get him eliminated. So stupid. Better to try and try and try again, until you’re done–fail on your own merit, than to shit all over your team because you think you might get unfavorably reviewed at some point. Seriously, that chip on his shoulder’s gotta be pretty heavy.
The artists wake up and get ready for the day. Miles sighs about his role as project manager for the piece, and Jaclyn adjusts her beret. She’s got immunity, remember, but she still wants to win. They do NOT show Erik angrily jerking off in the shower while sobbing “They won’t listen to me. I’ll show them!”
Next up is a whole bunch of typical “people working in teams to build complicated things out of wood” shots. The only really interesting part is watching Ryan endanger life and limb with his carpentry skills. Saws a-flyin’, screws a-hammerin’ (instead of a-screwin’), public art fixtures a-wobblin’. It’s great.
I know a lot of it is purely editing, but boy is Erik ostracizing himself. Miles, Peregrine, and Jaclyn are all handling the curved wood (heyooo!) for the giant Ikea Poang chair they’re building, but Erik’s just stirring varnish and looking on with angry yearning. But wait! Peregrine and Jaclyn ask Erik about making metal scales (like a snake’s) for the back of the Poang chair! Like it’s his concept! And it is! He seems to have a good, solid idea and the girls seem to be behind it. And he’s right, having some kind of pattern on the back of the chair would be way more interesting than a plain metal backing.
The Poang we all know and love. Mine’s sage green–how about you?
So, yay, Erik has a piece of himself in this! Finally, redemption! But Miles needs Erik to help him with another aspect of the piece, right now. Erik defends his need for time to work on the snake scales, saying he needs to have a part of HIM in the piece for judging. Miles immediately shoots down that way of thinking–that there is no “me” in the piece at all. Not entirely true, since the WHOLE THING is really Miles’ idea. BUT, I know what he’s saying and I respect it. But there is totally a clash between Erik’s personality and the rest of the team’s methods. Erik takes it all personally and is thinking of the competition, not the art. But since this is a reality show with money at stake, I can’t blame him. In Miles’ defense, they have a LOT of work to do and little time to do it.
Wow, that was a jumbly paragraph with wayward allegiences. Sorry! I’m struggling with a need to nap my sunburnt body and also my expectation that writing about this Erik vs. the WORLD drama would be easier than this.
Simon arrives for pre-crit. He fans Erik’s flames by specifically mentioning that during judging, they will be expected to tell the judges exactly what they did, each team member as a unique person. Though they’re working as a team, they will be judged individually. So, Erik is right to worry about that, but he still can’t sabotage the team’s effort in order to save his own skin. Such a shame that he just can’t see that catch-22.
Simon enjoys the Red Team’s concept so far, and he asks who’s responsible for that idea. Abdi credits Nicole, but she deflects it and shows Simon the gravel from the site to show what they’re trying to do. The only part that Simon doesn’t quite get is how they’ll tie in the little sculptured rocks in with the giant construction. He warns them that it could turn out awesome or awful.
Over at the Blue Team’s area, Jaclyn shows Simon the plans for the main structure of their piece. Then Simon asks what message the piece will convey. The camera’s on Erik, who opens his mouth to speak, but Miles, off-camera, takes it. He stops to give Erik a chance to speak, but Erik’s not assertive about it so Miles continues. Unfortunately, when Miles continues, he speaks of this group challenge piece as though it’s his own piece, calling it a continuation of his last piece, about finding simple spaces in a crazy world. Eye-fuckin’-roll.
And could the body language be any clearer here, too? As Erik’s bitching about Jaclyn’s and Miles’ “art school bullshit,” he’s standing alone on one side of the piece. Peregrine is telling Simon how great the team is working together as she stands on the other side with Miles and Jackie. Simon asks Erik what he’s contributed so far, and Erik says that he’s just been hauling heavy things around. As though that’s nothing. Meanwhile, what specific idea of Peregrine’s is in this piece so far? Nothing that I really know of (that they’ve shown), and SHE doesn’t have a bug up her ass about it. Oh, Erik. You are too tender about it all. Erik ends the session with a passive-aggressive warning to Simon to wear clothes he doesn’t mind messing up when he climbs into their piece. Ouch.
They’re all actually afraid of Erik, so they’re using the piece as a protective device.
After that, the group implodes. Rather, Erik implodes. Miles asks for Erik to help get this thing done, Erik says he doesn’t care. He’s not into it. Then he starts personal attacks on Miles, for playing the “tortured artist” character and so forth. Peregrine is mewing in the background, “Stop it!” and pacing. She really looks distressed. Miles is looking down, waiting for Erik to finish. The Red Team stops what they’re doing to watch the shit show. Erik ends his rant with, “I’m not your fucking helper.” Well, douchebag, it’s a group challenge and they’re ALL helping. So fucking help or leave.
Erik, having vented a little steam at Miles, decides to be charitable and help after all. Now that the team morale damage has been done! Miles stops him, though. He wants Erik to help, but only if Erik’s going to ACTUALLY help and not constantly prod the team with insults. Erik gets all fired up again, thinking Miles is being a dictator and kicking him off the team. So now it’s all this semantical bullshit power play crap. I can’t even stand to think about it long enough to give you a thoughtful recap of the whole experience. It’s tense and shitty and Peregrine wants to cry. Jaclyn, though, almost seems to want to laugh.
Erik is just so defensive and whiny and obstinate. His summary of the whole thing, by the way? “I’ve come too far to have some stuck-up art pussy give me life lessons.” And here’s where his lack of education shows. Art school helps artists learn a little humility, I’d think. Anyone who goes to school in a creative field—art, writing, dance, music—is subjected to constructive criticism as a matter of course. (Any formal education will do that, come to think of it.) You learn how to accept shortcomings and how to make them better. THIS is where it’s never been more obvious that Erik is lacking that higher education. And it’s too bad he’s so sensitive about it, too. It’s a dangerous combination.
Mark is his typical weenie self, agreeing with Erik for blowing up his team with personal attacks. Mark thinks Mile is a stuck-up art pussy, too. Well, that’s great. How about you win a challenge there, Smug-o?
Mark’s team is struggling to get this gigantic rock formation out of the studio and down to a truck in time. It barely fits in the elevator, and poor Abdi’s getting squished trying to make it fit. They have til midnight to get these pieces down to the trucks. I suppose the final piece of the installation happens on site tomorrow.
Erik’s team is similarly struggling, and when Miles cautions Erik to be gentle with how he moves it, Erik bursts into tears and walks away. Not quite, but close! Peregrine pleads Erik to help–they need him. He can barely contain himself. Peregrine looks exhausted and she stares angrily at Erik as she works. See, Erik. THAT is what you contributed to this piece–angry feelings. Awesome work. The rest of the team shellacs the piece inside the truck while Erik stews and smokes outside. So helpful.
Back at the house, the artists collapse with exhaustion while Ryan and Erik smoke. Turns out Jaclyn passed Erik a note during the challenge, encouraging him to “Argue with us on something. Insist. Say it NEEDS this. You need to convince us.” Ryan laughs. I didn’t think the note itself or what it was borne from is very funny, but Ryan’s a little bit of an airhead. Anyway, does it sound like Jaclyn is goading Erik into being an asshole, or is she trying to get him to assert himself in a way that’d be better received by his team? Or just assert himself at all, rather than sitting back and crying about the whole thing? I can’t really tell. Erik thinks it means Jaclyn was on his side but didn’t want to openly disagree with anything Miles said.
I have to laugh later, though, when Erik asks a reclining Ryan if he’s actually tired right now or if he’s just a tortured artist.
The teams have two hours the next day to get their pieces off the trucks and into the space, fully installed. The Red Team is mostly playing around with positioning of their pieces and touch-up paint. The Blue Team still needs to get their Poang chair up into its supports, AND they decide that it needs some extra doo-dads on the chair itself to differentiate it visually from the supports. Erik suggests spraypaint and is immediately shot down. He suggests going back to his idea of scaling up the sheet metal on the back, and the team agrees that he should work on that…but do it patchwork style. He insists again on doing the scales, and they shoot him down. Finally, it seems they add some wood scales to the sides of the chair. See, Erik? That was kinda your idea!
“This is some real bullshit right here.”
Ryan calls the Blue Team’s piece a “treehouse fashioned by meth addicts”. And he’s right! Jaclyn calls the Red Team’s project a bunch of ugly jagged things. Also correct! I really don’t care for either piece. I apparently don’t get “public art”. Also, is public art always meant to be a jungle gym? Just curious.
A really awful frontal shot of “Scales” that shows you nothing of the Poanginess. Thanks again, Bravo, for putting up usable photos and video! (Sorry, guys.)
In the “We’re back! No, we’re not!” segment this week, Ryan attempts to make coffee at the beaverhausen the way Miles creates art. That is, he slams things around in a hurried tortured artist way, wishes he had a powerwasher to wash out the pot, and then has to step away from the process to soothe himself from the overstimulation. LOL. Mark is putting on his shoes in the other room, grinning about the whole performance. It’s great.
God, this is taking too long. Can we please get to the judging? I mean, we kinda know what these two pieces look like by now, as we’ve been watching them for the past 40 minutes. Oh, introduce the judges. Same ol’ peeps. This time, Bill Powers doesn’t say “hello” when his name is called. I miss him saying “hello.” He’s too stern without it. Guest judge this week is the pajama nerd with the cool name—Yvonne Force Villareal. If I have kids, I’m giving one of ‘em a middle name like “Force.” That’s just awesome.
The judges crawl into the Blue Team’s piece, “Scale.” Apparently, it’s balancing two separate pieces together? And it’s covered in scales. That’s actually kinda cool. And between the two turds these pieces are, I prefer this turd.
Nope, still can’t see the Poang. (That’s what she said.)
The Red Team’s piece is gathering some attention, too. People are vying for a spot on the side where they can lean against it, half-sitting on the ground, to enjoy the space. Those six other pieces are kinda useless. Vestigial, perhaps. They helped form the main idea but are no longer necessary. I like that the paint job on the Red Team’s piece helps give it depth. But it’s still really boring.
Since it’s a team challenge with only two pieces, crit is a different format this week. It’s just the two teams explaining their pieces, what message they were trying to convey, and all other interesting nuggets about the work. It seems they were coached on how to deliver their presentation, as it’s a little too perfect. Each team member has a turn in talking about a certain aspect, and it’s pretty rehearsed. I don’t know that I would have known to do that instinctively if I were one of them.
Jerry has a smug look on his face as Blue Team explains their work. Peregrine goes first, then Jaclyn, then Miles. Bill asks about the title of the piece, and Peregrine specifically gives Erik credit for the idea of literal scales. Everyone on the Blue Team seems to want to work as a team…until China asks Erik why they haven’t heard from him at all.
What follows is super uncomfortable to watch. Jerry smells blood in the water and goes in for the kill.
Erik: I don’t have a whole lot to say about it.
Jerry: Why not? <in the most nasal bastard voice ever>
Erik: I’m not really a fan of it.
Jerry: Why not?
Erik: I didn’t really get to put my input into it.
Jerry: Why not?
Erik: My ideas were shot down.
Erik: I don’t know.
Jerry: What were your ideas?
Erik explains the snake scale pattern he’d wanted to do, offers up his vines suggestion, etc. Jerry crosses his arms and backs down. The rest of the Blue Team is staring at their feet as Erik self-destructs. The Red Team is giggling nervously. I mean, really, it was awful to watch and I wasn’t even there or emotionally involved.
The Red Team has a much more positive vibe as they explain their piece. I’m not sure why Nicole looks like she wants to poop in her pants while Mark is saying his part of the script. When asked about the name of the piece, “Neumaton,” Nicole explains it to be the hidden meaning, searching out the magic in our world. I just Googled it and got nothin’, so I don’t know where this word actually comes from. Nicole’s ass, apparently.
Back at the studio for more crit, the Blue Team is up for more skewering. Not by the judges, though! By Erik. As if he hadn’t learned from the situation at the site, he goes off again about how little he had to do with the group project, that Jacklyn had sent him a note telling him to be more assertive, etc. Bill Powers is like, “Um, that’s actually good advice, numbnuts.” Jerry’s nodding. Erik then basically accuses Jaclyn of setting him up—oh, except that she’s not smart enough to do that. Oh snap!
The judges are even trying to save Erik from his implosion, but it doesn’t work. They ask, “But it was your idea that inspired the title of the piece!” “No, no it wasn’t. That wasn’t my idea—my idea was THIS. And I didn’t even know that was the title of the piece until they told you guys that.” Basically, wah wah wah. Miles interrupts to say that the only reason Erik didn’t know the title of the piece until showtime was because he opted out and stopped participating.
Miles correctly accuses Erik’s insecurities as being his downfall, and Erik agrees. Then there’s what seems to be a clip montage of Erik’s defensive, woe-is-me self-destruction, moment by moment. The judges are watching with distaste, and eventually China cuts everyone off.
The judges move on to talking about the piece. Bill Powers mentions how it was a little difficult to casually interact with the Blue Team’s piece. Jerry gets stuck on the placement of the piece, in that it’s aimed at the exact patch of clear sky where the twin towers once stood. I can’t tell if he’s pissed about it or marveling at it (angrily or wondrously?) or what. I can’t read that guy at all. And that scares me. Force saves the team from being scared of Jerry, too, by saying that it’s kinda cool that they intuitively aimed their piece at that part of the sky. Relief.
The Red Team heads in for their crit. Meanwhile, the Blue Team is stewing on the couches. Erik douchily says that he’ll be pleased if he somehow sticks around after tonight. I don’t even understand what he’s trying to say. He’ll be thrilled if he pissed everyone off BUT still managed to stay? Like he was somehow “right” about how this all went down or something? Jaclyn tells him he doesn’t belong here, and Miles and Peregrine follow up with the one-two punch of “You quit on us, which sucks.” This sparks of a big “fuck you” showdown. Everyone storms off, leaving Erik to “hang out with yourself” while waiting for the final judgment.
The Red Team stands proudly before the judges. They really stand by their work. Force loves the piece for the team taking elements of the site and skewing perspective. A large scale becomes small and vice versa. Jeanne isn’t a fan, though. She thinks it reeks of 70s minimalist bullshit.
What’s really important to note is that the team is talking as a team. They support each other, they believe in the work. When the judges criticize it for not being as visually striking as the other team’s piece, they all jump in to defend it. Ryan sells it especially, talking about how popular the work was during the show, that people were crowding around it. There’s a lot of back-patting and name-dropping in the positive here, and it’s making me a little verklempt.
Why is Nicole so mopey?
The judges didn’t love the sculpture that the Red Team did, but they love the work. It celebrated the whole sky, and there was poetry behind the work. And best of all, they were a cohesive unit, bringing art to the space. Jerry pees on the parade a bit (and rightly so), saying the actual art of it sucked—it’s the type of art that gives art a bad name. Amen, sister.
I think the judges preferred the Blue Team’s piece at first, for all its visual excitement and invitation to interaction. But all the team backbiting took its toll. As Force said, this is why public art is so difficult to pull off—because people can’t agree on stuff. It’s a shame.
So much for me thinking this recap would be shorter than usual, since it was a team challenge. WRONG!
Finally, who’s winning and who’s going home? The Red Team wins! But who on the team earned the win? The teammates get to choose. It’s between Ryan (for his construction work, shoddy as it was) and Nicole (for coming up with, ya know, the whole concept). When it’s announced that the winner gets bragging rights only, no immunity, Ryan immediately steps back and gives it to Nicole. Aww, what a sweetie.
But who’s going home? It really can’t be a shock to you, can it? It’s Erik. I mean, c’mon, we saw this coming from a mile away. From LAST week’s previews, even. Anyway, they narrow it down to Miles v. Erik and for a teeeeeeeeeensy moment, I wonder if they’d eliminate Miles here for whatever reason, since this really was HIS piece. But no, Erik’s got to GO. Get OUT.
Don’t let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya! Jerk.
Bye Haley Joel! No hugs for you! Well, actually, they head back to the hang-out room where Ryan and Abdi step up for big bro-hugs. Peregrine, to her credit as an awesome human being, says, “I look forward to seeing you again.” Like, trying to let the guy go with some dignity. Erik lets out his breath and says, “I wish I could say the same, but honestly, I have nothing to say to the three of you guys.” WOW, turbo dick. I would love to think it’s editing, but no, methinks Erik’s just an asshole who’s luckier than he realizes to have a lady who loves him through that. Good luck with your art, you loser! (Watch, we learn next week that it’s actually Peregrine that took the whole challenge down to the ground and was turbo-bitch. DOUBT IT.)
In the end, he says he wishes he’d gone home that first week for his OWN work, the creepy clown, rather than going home because of someone else’s work. And for the rest of his life, Erik will forever miss the point of a TEAM challenge, and that he actually DID go home for exactly all the right reasons. HE was not a team player; HE did not participate; HE went home for HIS mistakes.
So, next week, the artists take a trip with Simon to SoHo. Apparently the challenge is pretty difficult and the artists are all yawning like Miles in an OCD fit. The judges think that someone’s piece is boring, though. Jerry, in his infinite crabbiness, says, “This puts him on notice for me.” Mark? Ryan? Surely not Miles. Well, in a few days, we’ll see!
I know many of you read the artists’ and judges’ blogs, which is great because you can fill in the cracks. Did I totally misread this Erik situation? Wasn’t he just an ass who deserved to go home? Was the Red Team really that cohesive? Tell me in the comments!