WOA: Wall to Wall

Posted on November 17, 2011

A reasonably fun episode with a reasonably fun challenge, yielding some good-to-questionable results and revealing which of the artists is the biggest bitch. We’d say that’s a win all around.

This show does a damn good job of staging its challenges and using the city around them as a backdrop.

Can you imagine Heidi and Tim doing something like this? No, you can’t.

So the challenge is street art and sequestered somewhere in a hotel room in New York, Tewes softly weeps.


And once again they get the best, most appropriate judge for the challenge. Power to the people, Lee.


Also, tiny little shorts.


And gross, bitchy mean girls.

Lola’s bitchery doesn’t surprise us, since we had her pegged as attention-seeking from the first episode, but Michelle’s was a disappointment.


So congrats to Young & Dusty. We can’t believe Young’s won $35,000 already. Could we be looking at WOA’s Anya here? Not that we didn’t think they both deserved to win.

It was definitely the strongest and (probably not coincidentally) simplest of the pieces. Our finely tuned reality TV senses detected that they were getting the winner’s edit when they could barely talk to each other and had no idea what they were doing. They both kept harping on the fact that they’re worlds apart from each other and we just kept checking our watches, counting down the seconds till the lightbulb went off over both their heads and they realized their vast differences could be a strength and something to build off of. We didn’t think it needed the audience participation factor, but Young seems to go for that sort of thing. Kudos to Dusty, who’s really made a turnaround in this competition.


We agreed with the judges that this was a strong piece; just as we agreed with the judges that it wasn’t strong enough for the win.


As bitchy as Lola was toward them, we kind of agreed when she was rolling her eyes at the drab, overthought seriousness of the work. Not that street art can’t do things like explore the dark roots of the immigrant experience, but the piece felt student-y, to be honest. We mostly liked Kymia’s work on the dark figure, but we were confused by Sarah J’s lumpy, smoking, deformed figure, who was supposed to represent “the man.” No, really. She said that. See what we mean about student-y?


To be honest, we were a little surprised by the judges’ reaction to this.


Don’t get us wrong; we didn’t love it, but we assumed the judges would praise it for its energy or naughtiness or something like that. We just thought it was busy and confusing and not nearly as witty or funny as either of the artists thought.

And you just know Lola came up with that title. Girl never met a parenthesis she didn’t like it.

And it’s sayonara to the Sucklord. Lorenzo was shocked it wasn’t Sarah K., but Tom said as soon as they announced it, “I was getting the sense he’d hit his expiration date with the judges.”

There really was nothing much to this piece. What was weird was how excited they both seemed to be while they were in process. Totally couldn’t see the forest for the trees there. The 3d aspect is slightly interesting and we admit, the little rat was a cute touch, but there’s just not a lot going on here. Worse, it looks so rough and crude in an unintentional way.

He made for decent television. We know he got on a lot of people’s nerves, but there was a dorky awkwardness underlying the calculated attention-whoring that at times could be entertaining. The thing is, of everyone left in the competition, he should have been the one most likely to ace this challenge. Instead, he choked. And this came after a series of chokes. Under all the camera-hogging was someone who wasn’t used to the critique process and let it beat all his more creative instincts out of him.

Sarah K.’s lucky, but she should know her sell-by date’s about to come up too.


[Screencaps: tomandlorenzo.com]

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  • http://www.facebook.com/xerapis David Louis Quick

    I felt like the white figure representing “the man” was so much better before all the details were added. As a blank white form I thought it was more powerful. Adding the suit and scruff and all that made it too…pedestrian?

    • http://www.facebook.com/cruz.alejandra Alejandra Cruz

      i think it would have better if they didn’t talk about it.  i was with them until they said that the white figure represented “bureaucracy” and “the man”.  really?!  i was sitting with my friend and we started throwing out words, pictionary-style, to help them out.  “imperialism”, “capitalism”…  

      anyway, i really liked lola’s subject matter in the past few challenges (as an activist,  discussions of revolutionaries in libya and egypt are particularly interesting to me).  too bad she decided to go all mean girl!  

  • Anonymous

    Well, I’ll say it: I was sorry to see the Sucklord go home, mostly because I can’t stand Laura and felt that even with her argument that street art is “illegal” and therefore had a right to “tag” other peoples’ pieces, it was done in poor taste and in a poor-sport kind of way.

    I also thought Lola’s and Michelle’s was weaker than Sarah’s and the Sucklord’s believe it or not. I’ve seen some awesome street art play with dimensionality–theirs just seemed to be fetishizing over the phallus, but not in any kind of meaningful way. It was like 14 year old girls drawing penises to show they know what they look like or something. 
    “The man” is actually the “alienizing” experience of being uprooted. Of being part of a culture to becoming an alien, so I kinda dug it. And there is some really biting street art that deals exactly with these themes.I was all for Lee Quinones, and he was an AWESOME guest judge, but I almost was hoping Banksy would show up. That would have been freaking AWE-some!, but of course out of character for him.It was a good episode.

    • MilaXX

      Sure street art is illegal, as is tagging, but what she failed or chose to not take into account is that since this was on a reality tv show, 1) this particular bit of street art was legal and 2)It’s assy to ruin someone else’s work on  a reality competition before the judges get to see it.
      I am over Lola and now just counting the days until she is sent packing. Of course this probably means she’ll be around to the end.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

        She also failed to note that street artists often respect each other’s work and don’t tag on top of other works if they like them (for obvious reasons); street morality, as it were. She should have owned it and just said, “I’m a bitch and I hated your piece” – it would have registered as less bitchy in my eyes because at least then she’d own it. Her shit about “I cut in lines” and how it’s so empowering or whatever pissed me off – she’s blatantly inconsiderate and thinks it makes her awesome. UGH. Over it.

        • MilaXX

          she’s blatantly inconsiderate and thinks it makes her awesome. UGH. Over it.
          YES! I can’t wait til she tries that on the wrong person and gets a well deserved beat down.

          • Anonymous

            Please, make that happen.

        • Anonymous

          Indeed. A street artist tagging a large-scale mural or such would be viewed as disrespectful, not “naughty.”

    • Anonymous

      It was like 14 year old girls drawing penises to show they know what they look like or something.

      Totally agree.  I mean, I love penises as much as anyone, and I’d be happy to draw them all day, but that kind of juvenile “naughtiness” doesn’t make it art.  It’s a little like the critique of Bayete’s work: just because the subject matter is sexy and naughty doesn’t mean the art is.

      • Anonymous

        It didn’t even feel “naughty,”  just pathetic. Very “Look at me! Look at me! Me, me, me, me!”

  • Anonymous

    I wasn’t all that excited by the output of this episode. I think it’s because I probably needed to be there on the street to appreciate the pieces. See it on my TV likely killed some of the impact.

    I would have to say I found Sucklord only a little exasperating. He was just offbeat enough to be both offputting and entertaining. Unlike Miles from last season who I found offputting and pretentious. It seems like Sucklord knew what to do to be an interesting reality show personality but he was not equipped to be a reality show competitor. Nothing he did really was anything noteworthy in my opinion.

    Think about it. On 2 different occasions when he was in the bottom, it was for making a literal, but kitschy 3D translation of a 2D painting. There’s clearly a quirky artist with appeal but he didn’t seem to know how to adapt to the constraints

  • Anonymous

    I stopped watching this annoying show weeks ago but still care enough about it to follow it in these posts.  I guess that means I should start watching again.  Anyway, I am surprised Sucklord lasted this long, and I might even enjoy the show now without his self-conscious preening.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/suzie.vazquez Suzie Vazquez

    Anyone know what pieces of Sucklord’s were auctioned by Simon de Pury? Just curious to see what the draw was. I liked him, just not his art, sadly.

  • Jacqui

    Lola acted like an entitled teenager and that just is not fun for me to watch. Part of me was wishing I could smack her upside the head everytime her eye rolling started.

    I do agree that the white figure was better without all the detail.

    • Anonymous

      and WTF was up with that scanner hogging and refusal to answer? And when Kymia offered to unplug the scanner and move it to a different machine, they were like, “we’re using that” when clearly they weren’t. MEAN GIRLS!

    • Anonymous

      and WTF was up with that scanner hogging and refusal to answer? And when Kymia offered to unplug the scanner and move it to a different machine, they were like, “we’re using that” when clearly they weren’t. MEAN GIRLS!

  • Anonymous

    The winning piece felt a little obvious to me, but I have that issue in general with Young’s work and to a lesser extent Dusty’s.  But it’s not as if there was an obviously better piece, so fine, even I don’t think Young deserves his judge’s pet status.

    Jerry Saltz in his blog says he did like Lola and Michelle’s–really praised it, but said it only worked close-up.  Naturally, we didn’t hear about that–wish we had because it makes more sense than what we did hear.  We got an edit where the girls were in the bottom because they weren’t serious.  From Jerry’s blog, it sounds like SuckLord and Sarah K. were the real bottom–as in no question that one of the two was going home.

    I was also surprised that SuckLord instead of Sarah K. got the boot.  I figured SuckLord would be saved because he’s good TV and the men have been dropping like flies.  But, no, SuckLord really did deserve to go and did.

    Then I remembered I was back with Magical Elves and Bravo and WOA is still in its second season and everyone still has some shred of integrity.  It was a nice moment.  (And nice of Lola to rise to the occasion as villainess and nice of Kymia to cry. I do love this whacky show.)

    • Anonymous

      that’s funny, I had that same feeling at the end when the pic of the elf came up after the credits. I sighed and said, yes, this is how produced “reality” ought to be.

  • Anonymous

    Boy, that Lola is a mean little sprite, isn’t she.

    • Anonymous

      Total bitch. Didn’t you love the story about how she developed her personality by emulating her mother, who never stood in a line in her life, but always just butted in wherever she felt like it?

      I agree with Sara:  I just avoid people like her.  Poisonous.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        I know, that’s so annoying.  As another person in line, I would ask all service people to kindly direct line-cutters to the back of the line, and not encourage them by giving them what they want.

        • Anonymous

           When I was a service person, I used to do just that. Either that, or I would just ignore them completely. For someone like Lola, that’s torture.

      • Anonymous

        It’s probably overcompensation for not getting over Al Pacino ditching her mom for Beverly D’Angelo.  But yeah, if I saw her on the street, I’d run! 

    • Anonymous

      I can’t stand how in love she is with her own specialness. Throwing glitter into a subway car and saying “Glitter!” She’s so charming! *gag*

      • Anonymous

         I’d forgotten about that. It was so 14 year old girl of her.

        • Anonymous

          14 is the same age that kept popping into my head every time she opened her mouth this episode.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

        She’s a bundle of cliches. Manic pixie dream girl with the typical art student obsession with the phallus without having anything interesting to say about it. You’re not Louise Bourgeois, so you’re just a chick turning yourself into a case study of penis envy. 

      • http://twitter.com/Tonimartinez Antonia Martinez

        That glitter business, and the cutting in line, irked me too.  I imagine, also, that since she does not board the subway car, she can believe in her own specialness – since she never see the reaction (or lack thereof) of the riders that she has supposedly blessed.

  • Anonymous

    “Tlo said: So the challenge is street art and sequestered somewhere in a hotel room in New York, Tewes softly weeps.”

    I thought the same thing!

    As for Lola: To simply call her a bitch is really an insult to bitches everywhere. She strikes me as not just an attention whore, but as one of those pathetic, desperate, talentless people who have gotten a taste of living on the corona of someone else’s fame and wants it back, bad, for all the wrong reasons. Yeah, your mom fucked Al Pacino. Who cares? It doesn’t make you anything special. Her sense of entitlement, over being temporarily, tangentially connected to a celeb is a joke (in the laughing at, not laughing with, sense) which is why she’s on a reality show instead of working at the craft of art.  And the way she gleefully describes her mother’s behavior makes her sound like the worst kind of celeb. I’m guessing her mom is as desperate and grasping, in the fading attention, as she is. I have not seen her exhibit even the slightest bit of talent of any kind. She’s just a nasty, manipulative cow who is playing at being an “artist” to avoid getting a real job (not grasping that ‘real’ artists work very hard).


    • Anonymous

      Go get her, GT!  LOL!

    • Anonymous

      I wish I could like this a thousand times, GT.

      • http://twitter.com/ILikeShiny Cindi Williams

        Yeah, I just want to tell Lola “Whose mom *hasn’t* fucked Al Pacino?”

    • betty language

      i don’t feel bad for tewes, he had every opportunity to do street art in the challenges before he left…he just never did.

      and lola…well, i think she’s just incredibly immature.  

    • J Dreesen

      i was just about to post something along the lines of “just because you are clearly Al Pacino’s daughter, that doesn’t mean you’re better than anyone else around you.”  i also get the feeling she and her mother…moved around a lot growing up.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think she’s his daughter. I’m sure that if she was, she would have said that. Her mom just dated him when Lola was a kid.


    • Anonymous

      This, this and this! Lola does not deserve the title of “bitch.” Dogs are loyal creatures who fiercely defend their loved ones. Lola is shallow, petty and juvenile, and wouldn’t lift a finger to defend anyone but herself.

      • Anonymous

        Can’t wait for her excuse that she was just “edited” to look like an immature, obnoxious brat.

    • Anonymous

      one of the reasons i always read your post GT.  LOVE IT.

    • Anonymous

      Brava, GothamTomato! Brava! I bow down to you, Most Worthy One.

    • vmcdanie

      Hilarious! I think that really her appearance on this show and behavior might be so awful as to be career-hindering.

      Also, I love how she got into art because her mom dated Al Pacino. That’s nice and all for her mom but, what? My stepfather is a psychiatrist. I went into computers. I mean, obvs!

  • scottyf

    T&Lo said…
    “So the challenge is street art and sequestered somewhere in a hotel room in New York, Tewes softly weeps.”

    I KNOW! I had trouble getting into the piece because all I could do was think about what a complete bummer that Tewes wasn’t there! Although if he had been, it probably would have been another case of an artist being done in by their own genre. And that would have bummed me out even more.

    I know he’s a Dark Horse, but I’m rooting for Dusty. His work is usually pretty literal, but there is a simple charm and passion to much of what he creates. And the pairing really humanized Young for me.

    “We didn’t think it needed the audience participation factor, but Young seems to go for that sort of thing.

    Without knowing much about Young, other than what we’ve seen on WoA and what I’ve garnered from his website, he seems to dabble in Performance Art. I appreciate the concept of Art as an Interactive, but I still think the artist should have a goal and/or point of view regarding the interaction, and sometimes his reasoning seems empty to me.

    I too will miss The Sucklord–mostly for the glimpses of the person beneath the badly worn pretense. I think there is a very sensitive artist underneath who oddly wasn’t able to take his very commercial form to a very commercial medium. I think if he and Sarah had actually been more literal, and used a real map of Manhattan with maze-like 3d overlays (and maybe the rat with a briefcase), they might have created something quite wonderful and compelling.

    • Anonymous

      Dusty is rising in my estimation too.   And I loved the pairing of Dusty and Young.  I enjoyed watching them bridge the many gaps between their lives and come up with a design that worked.  Also can’t wait to see Dusty wearing Young’s itty-bitty shorts!  Not because it will be sexy–because it will be funny!

    • Anonymous

      Dusty’s self portrait was made of crayons. I’ve loved him from the beginning (horrific mullet and all).

  • Anonymous

    Kymia’s tearful fragility seemed to come out of nowhere. Odd editing the way female relationships suddenly escalated into full-on Mean Girls mode.

    But I am way over Miss Lola. You can tell she’s used to being treated like the prettiest girl in the room. There’s a very unattractive air of entitlement there. Michelle gets a partial pass from me – I think she was seduced by being invited into the clique.

    God, shades of RuPauls’s Drag Race drama!

    • MilaXX

      I thought they had mentioned previously that Kymia has anxiety issues.  That what particularly bugged about  the brats sisters. They seemed to be taking joy in pushing her buttons. When they were hogging the scanners and couldn’t even be bothered to answer her, I just wanted to smack them.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah–I’ll go with the partial pass on Michelle.  I find her work interesting and her talking-head about not wanting to work with Kymia wasn’t that snarky.  I don’t think she’s supernice like Dusty or Bayete, but I don’t think she’s the sly attention whore that Lola seems to be.

      I’m kind of rooting for one of the girls to win–Kymia, Michelle and Sara J. have done the work that’s intrigued me the most. Dusty’s a sweetheart, but doesn’t surprise me.  Young seems like he’s locked a finals spot, but I find most of his work callow. 

      I liked Lola’s first piece, but not enough to give her a pass on the bitchery and the self-importance.  Her act’s grown old.

      As for Sarah K.  I think there’s something there, but I’m not sure we’ll ever see it.  She’s going to need to pull something out of her hat next week in order to stay.  

      But I see a finale of Young, Kymia and Michelle.

      • Pam Winters

        I’d be totally cool with that final 3, Glammie.

        I’m kind of worried that Michelle’s lost it. She started so well, and then she fell under Lola’s spell (I can understand that, in a way, especially when you’re away from all your loved ones and you just want a friend to goof off with); next week’s previews worry me a bit.

        • Anonymous

          I hope Michelle’s not the unexpected sacrifice–the one who’s expected to make it all the way, but then in a shocking twist gets cut–aka all the losers of restaurant wars on Top Chef.  From his blogs, though, it’s clear that Jerry’s on her side.  Also, we’ve never seen her eviscerated even when she’s on the bottom.  Even her derivative pop art piece showed strong skills.  Her work on the street challenge also showed that basic technical strength of hers.  She may be the most technically competent of any of them.  

          I think we may still have a couple of disposable contestants left before they kick off Michelle.

      • Anonymous

        the thing with Sarah K is that she’s pretty much a non-representational artist. If you look on her website she does a lot of installation work that explores shape, line, space and color. Her work has meaning but not in the way the judges like. I would love her to make a piece that is the kind of work she does, and also something the judges love but I don’t know if that’s possible. I almost agree with that top 3 but I would replace Young with Sara J. ideally. 

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          I really like Sarah K, as a personality (from what we’ve seen in this highly edited show, obviously) and as an artist but then I really like Brit installation artist Rachel Whiteread so perhaps I particularly respond to installations.

          One of the most amazing pieces I’ve ever seen was at the Tate Modern in London.  Cornelia Parker’s Cold Dark Matter, it’s a recreation of a shed and all of it’s contents following an explosion.  It is utterly fascinating.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah,  I don’t want Young in the top three, it just feels inevitable at this point.  The quick turnaround and the task orientation innate to the show’s structure works to his advantage.  It may be working to the disadvantage to someone like Sarah K.  She seems thoughtful and process oriented  I don’t think you can ever assume on this show that it’s the best artist who’s winning.  It’s the artist who works best within the constraints of the show.

          But, wow, every single one of Young’s winning pieces has underwhelmed me–though I liked his self-portrait.

    • Anonymous

      I have to say, I liked Kymia before, but her reaction to the Mean Girls totally endeared her to me this episode.  It can be a total shock when you are confronted by that kind of behavior as an adult.  I can understand breaking down in tears.

      She and Dusty are my favorites.

  • Anonymous

    I really enjoyed this episode.  No, the results weren’t as good as I might have hoped, but it’s starting to feel as if the artists are getting used to the constraints of time and the limitations on their imaginations that are part of a reality show.  So it’s more fun watching them work.  It was an excellent challenge with an excellent judge.

    I agree with most of TLo’s and minions’ assessments of the pieces. Dusty and Young’s wall ended up being the most interesting and the closest to street art–or what I think of as street art anyway.  It was simple and colorful, it made a point without going berserk over it, and the interactive element was a bonus. I liked Kymia and Sarah’s wall–but I also liked it best from far away. It needed something else–I’m not sure what, but something was missing–and the white figure was puzzling. As usual, Kymia’s part of the piece was the strongest.

    The “tiger penises hee-hee-hee” piece by the Brat Sisters was empty and childish. Lola’s captions were weak and didn’t add to the atmosphere they wanted to create.  But I was surprised too that the judges didn’t like it more than they did. Sorry for thinking of you as PR judges, judges!  And Sarah K and Sucklord’s piece was the result of two people who should have been able to ace this challenge but who just froze and could not cope.  Kind of sad.

    I’m one of 10 people who actually like Sucklord and will miss him.  And yes, Tewes weeping in a hotel room!  I thought the same.

    • Anonymous

      the annoying thing is that on Jerry Saltz’s blog he says it was his choice for the win because it was “fun.” HE BELONGS ON PR. 

  • Anonymous

    Is Dusty wearing g-string undies?  

  • Anonymous

    I’m liking this show a lot. Sorry to lose the Sucklord. Want to give Lola a spanking, and she wouldn’t like it.

  • Joseph Lamour

    Lola is truly the only thing I don’t miss about high school. I was going to say art school, but no…. high school. LOL

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KEYJDIENR5MRK2NXJYKNOLWDFE Alexandria

      Ahh that is so accurate! She totally reminds me of the popular, self-entitled girls I had to deal with in high school. The girls I hated but secretly envied and now I make a point of distancing myself from people like them.

  • Anonymous

    I love love love this show. It’s actually about artists making art (please don’t ever let Lifetime take it over). Also, best opening to a reality show ever. China should totally wear that dress again. 

  • Anonymous

    I just read an interview with the Sucklord, who is making a China Chow action figure. :) 

    He’s also created one of his posters defining his experience on WoA.  It’s called “Jerk of Art.”  You can see it here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/suckadelic/6352824784/in/photostream  Whatever you think of the guy, isn’t it refreshing to have someone take responsibility for losing instead of blaming everyone else in the world from your mother to the other contestants to Mao Tse-Tung [coughs>>JOSH!]?  I think he’s a sweetie.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I liked the fact that both SuckLord and Bayete exited gracefully.  I think I want a China Chow action figure.

    • Anonymous

      A China Chow action figure from the Sucklord?!? I know what I’ll be asking for this Christmas! I’ll miss the Sucklord too. He was an unfortunate but endearing mixture of emotional intelligence and emotional immaturity. He reminded me of a small child loudly proclaiming “I’m not scared of the dark!” but trembling with wide-eyed fear all the while. And I guess it’s fitting he didn’t win, as he couldn’t really be The Sucklord if he didn’t suck…

  • Anonymous

    The winning piece was too obvious and sentimental. Lola and Michelle’s piece had the right spirit but not the visual punch. The immigrant piece was visually arresting, but again, nothing new in terms of, ummm, content.

  • Anonymous

    Michelle is like tofu, she takes on the flavor of her current bff. I’ve had a friend like this and it has ruined our relationship.

  • Anonymous

    I have to admit I am still baffled by the Young Love.  To me their piece strongly resembled one of those PSA posters you see on buses and in subway stations.  And I’m getting a bit tired of the obligatory “Oh, leave some markers out and make it interactive” schtick that he includes almost every week.  Allowing people to add their own comments doesn’t always make a piece deeper and more compelling.  Still, it was well-made, i guess.

    The maze was boring and uninspired.   Sucklord made for good TV, but in that VH1 “obsession with pop culture” way that is getting tedious.  Hyper-referential art is big right now, but I’m a bit tired of it.

    I also don’t respond well to artists who think making something “dirty” automatically makes it edgy and interesting.  Michelle’s paper sculptures are interesting, but she can keep her meditations on pooping, pedophiles and cats with big genitalia.   And the less said about Lola this week the better: bitchy in that unpleasant-to-watch way rather than real entertainment.

    I thought Kymia and Sara should have won.  Perhaps that’s because I’m seriously over all the literalism in this competition.  To me their simple art was far more interesting that literally spelling out a conversation on the wall.

  • MilaXX

    Loved the open with China & Simone. But Lola made me want to come through the screen and punch her with a side kick for Michelle acting like a lemming. I fact i was hoping that Lola would get the boot because her piece was just stupid. It was the equivalent of 9 year old boys making fart jokes and laughing hysterically. However it was Sucklord’s time to go. He had reached that bad place where he was trying to please the judges rather than making good work. I knew the minute he was named as in the bottom, he was out.  I agree Young is teacher’s pet, but I liked his and Dusty’s peace. This time round I agreed with the win.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5LU5C262WB3Z5F4WZ6QGKXLNLE JaneM

    I hope the entitled brat, Lola, goes home soon.  Fuck you, Lola, cutting in line is obnoxious, not cool.  It means you think you are more important that other people, which is why you will remain a shallow person and artist.

    A fond farewell to Sucklord. Thank you for making everyone call you that.  That was worth watching.

    • Anonymous

      And throwing glitter in people’s faces and running away as the subway door closes. So your idea of fun it to throw metal and/or glass shards in peoples faces right before a door closes trapping them inside for 3 to 10 minutes where they could have stuff in their eyes leading to a nice visit to an ER or eye Dr. Wish she had gone over The Sucklord. Him I found endearing, she is just a entitled brat, and I get the impression that she has never had to work a day in her life and does her ‘art’ while someone else pays all her bills.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder why they gave the win to Young instead of Dusty? Was that made clear and I missed it? Their piece was my favorite by far. Punchy and powerful, communicative without being preachy at all. Kymia’s illustration was interesting and strong, but too detailed to be read quickly, which is a major characteristic of street art to me. And Sara’s weird smoking alien just did not make sense to me.

    My usually passive-audience boyfriend got seriously worked up about Lola’s behavior, and now vows he won’t so much as sit in the room with the show on as long as she’s still around. I don’t blame him. He’s a creative person and the idea that a fellow artists would actively sabotage and destroy another’s work (especially before judging!) infuriated him to the point he was kind of yelling about it. (ah, reality drama!) We agree the scanner scandal was acceptable, if ignoble, in a competition, but the “tagging” is inexcusable. And her “what, me worry?” shrugging and smirking made me want to shake some sense into that brat.

    Agreed, it was Sucklord’s turn.Too many misses, even in challenges he should have shined in. 

    • Anonymous

      I wonder why they gave the win to Young instead of Dusty?

      They shared the win.  Each gets $15,000.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, right, right, of course. I knew there was something wrong with my recollection. I guess I fixed on Young saying he has won $35,000. Thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

    Kymia and Sarah J’s reminded me a lot of Swoon’s work, which I think is how it placed so high. 
    I am so over Lola. I wish she’d gone home instead of The Sucklord. 

  • Anonymous

    Can anyone explain why the three male judges were dressed casually and the female judge appeared to be wearing a cancan dancer costume for the final judging? 

  • http://twitter.com/lenabena_ Elena

    “So the challenge is street art and sequestered somewhere in a hotel room in New York, Tewes softly weeps.”


  • Anonymous

    i have to admit i kinda like the sucklord & i was hoping so bad he would win the challenge but alas.  at the mean girls pissed me off!

  • http://twitter.com/thedogsmother thedogsmother

    How long did the city of New York allow Lola and Michelle’s porn piece stay up? Nothing about those two didn’t make my skin crawl last night.
    Also – ak! stairs without railings!
    Will miss The Sucklord. So wish Lola had been auf-ed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002673395871 Roadkill Writer’s Camp

    I’m such a prole, I like all of them, even S’lord and Sarah’s sans the rat and cheese. They meet a “through the window of public transportation, quick before you blink” standard that is very appealing to me. Big scale, angst optional. PS: While Lola plays a perfect ninny, I think “the man” looked better with the tiger tool sticker.    

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506473106 Mori Clark

    I was SO MAD at Lola last night. Her little ‘I don’t care what they think, I’m so mischevious’ schtick was absolutely infuriating and ruined a good portion of the show for me- although Nymia’s crying was irritating at first, by the end, her and Sara J.’s top-scoring over Lola and Michelle was a major ‘fuck yeah’ moment. 

    Also: Lola, newsflash, hun! You didn’t come across as cute, no matter how many faces and rolled eyes you gave the camera- you came across as a bully, a huge idiot, a (pardon my language) catty cunt, and a bit of a psycho as well. Grow up. 

    • Anonymous

      I just feel sorry for her. She obviously is so desperate for attention she’ll do anything. And when her looks go, whatever will she do?

  • Anonymous

    Dusty and Young were two-thirds great on this challenge, but I was let down by the banality and obviousness of “It changes you.” I would have liked to have seen something deeper and stronger, but I don’t have any ideas.

    Kymia’s work on the dark figures was so much stronger than what Sarah J produced. If her’s had had the same impact, they might have been the winners. I alternated between wanted Kymia to trip Lola or something and bullying her right back. And I’m always torn because NotNice is never the best solution to MoreNasty.

    Lola pulled Michelle right into her games and ideas, which were both silly, borderline offensive, and manipulative. Evidently Lola was taught by an equally disfunctional mother, and has continued to evolve(?) to be the equivalent of a 14 year old jd man-child.
    What a ridiculous work of art. Did you see how clueless they both remained?

    Sucklord needed to go, and indeed this was his challenge to lose. He doesn’t have the vaguest idea who he is as an artist, but I kind of felt sorry for him. If he is smart enough, and he may be, he will have learned some valuable lessons during his time here and seek out his true artist within. But this creation was just so boring, although the concept had some merit, it was executed without passion or creativity.

    • Anonymous

      In one of the pictures, there’s a comment written there by someone else that says “What is a father?” I actually found it more powerful than the comments in the art.

  • Anonymous

    I agreed with the win. Dusty and Young had the strongest piece by far. 

    I’d have axed all of the bottom 4 just to save time.  They’re all judges’ fodder at this point.  I’m not sure the Sucklord let the critiques get to him so much as his talent was fairly thin to begin with and ran out. Sarah just doesn’t have much of interest to say.  Lola thinks she’s far more talented than she is and gives off a strong whiff of the dilettante.  Michelle is  a cypher who seems to believe that provocation is enough by itself.  I’m glad to see the judges rightly reject it this time.  

  • Judy_J

    I also agreed with the judges’ choices this time.  Dusty and Young’s work looked the most like street art to me.  The judges seem to favor pieces that allow for audience participation, and I was afraid that perhaps that would push Lola and Michelle’s work further up the chain.  I was glad to see that it did not.  I was a bit disappointed in Michelle for going along with Lola’s bad girl behavior.  It was almost like high school, really.  Dorky good girl wants to hang out with the popular cool crowd.  And I was a bit sad to see the Sucklord sent home.  He was starting to grow on me.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t like that the conversation aspect of the piece by Young and Dusty. Don’t know why but it didn’t read coherently and it seemed too literal. I did like the profiles of them, though.

  • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

    I’m getting a bit sick of the interactive art with Dusty/Young and Michelle/Lola. I thought that Dusty and Young’s piece worked for the most part. There was no other winner in my mind.

    Kymia and Sarah’s was a bit literal (a tree uprooted). And Michelle and Lola’s was really nailed when the judges mentioned the tromp l’oeil windows. Done as portals; they didn’t bring much new to the party. Lola’s labeling. Sigh.

    And then Sarah and Sucklord. I think Sucklord is a bit lost without his toys as medium. It all reads a bit like crowd-baiting to use pop culture in your art to make it touch the viewer, but these last few generations seem to respond to nostalgia and totems. Maybe a steady diet of pop culture, the rise of plastics, and a near-lifelong adolescence has created the only kind of high art this generation will respond to?

  • Anonymous

    I hate Lola. I’m bored with Dusty and sort of bored with Young. Michelle is on notice. I want Sarah K to make a comeback but it seems unlikely. Therefore, I’m currently rooting for Sara J and Kymia to be in the finals of the competition. 

    • Anonymous


  • BuffaloBarbara

    I’d have given Kymia and Sarah the win–I thought Dusty and Young’s was a little… sentimental, I guess.  Like, Hallmark-card sentimental, so I felt like it was a Hallmark winning a poetry competition not run by Reader’s Digest… sort of out of place.  Kymia and Sarah’s was so striking from a distance that I thought it used its wall best.

    I liked the labyrinth idea and I could see why they were both into it, and poor old Sucklord was trying to prove that he could do something other than toy art… and then got booted for not doing what he’d been repeatedly told not to do.  That was just bizarre.

    I thought Lola should have been the off-ee, just because she was doing that sticker sabotage thing, which skates up to cheating on the game part of it.

  • Anonymous

    Sucklord went instead of Sarah K. because this was the challenge he should’ve aced and he blew it — again.
    My current theory is that the only reason they kept him as long as they did is because they wanted to see what he would do with this challenge.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=19801927 Dennis Coyle

    I loved this challenge, but I have to say I  was really disappointed with the projects.
    The only thing I really liked was Kymia’s tree and the outline (as Alejandra Cruz noted) rather than the figure of Sara J.
    Other than that I thought the projects were all rather pedestrian.  Lola & Michelle were a couple of highschoolers; the only good idea they had was the stickers but they didn’t go nearly far enough with them or with the concept to legitimize it.  As for Lola thinking K & S was PSA, seriously?  If anything was PSA it was Young and Dusty’s.  Sucklord and Sarah K could have both gone home in my mind. 
    There was so much territory to go after with street art; considering Sara K’s major overconceptualizing what about transgression, appropriation, and ownership?  Three buzzwords that the judges would have eaten up if any of them had thrown out.

  • Anonymous

    I’m kind of bored with the “Come and write on my art!” angle, but I have to admit I think Young and Dusty deserved the win, even though I do get the ‘judge’s pet’ vibe off of Young.

    I think Sarah K. was being extremely polite when she said Lola was the kind of person she usually avoids. Your mom taught you cutting in line was brash and gets you what you want, huh? Did she also mention it makes everyone hate you because you’re an ass? Bet she forgot that bit. Actually, I bet she never noticed that bit. Asses rarely do.

    I was disappointed in Michelle for going along with the Mean Girls routine; but then her art hasn’t been super-strong, so perhaps it fits – she’s not particularly forceful herself. She reminded me of the episode of any sitcom, where the popular girl fights with her friends and becomes BFFs with the dorky girl for a week. She goes along with whatever popular bitchy girl says because, hey, she’s popular! Woo! Disappointing.

    Bummed to see the Sucklord go. I never thought he’d be the winner, and the reality tv character aspect was wearing on me a bit, but he seemed like a genuinely decent kind of a guy. I was also a little puzzled that last week they were all “NO MORE TOYS” and this week they were all “BUT WHERE ARE THE TOYS?” Mixed messages ahoy!

    This episode was probably better than any episode in the last season of PR, for what that’s worth. It made me all wistful for the days with PR sprinkled teh dramaz in between actual process and creativity instead of the other way around.

    • Anonymous

      If I remember correctly, they judges told Sucklord to stop using other peoples toys and create his own world.  I can see their point.  I was sorry to see him go too.  I respected him because he was always willing to take the bullet for bad group critiques, the opposite of throwing your teammates under the bus.

      • Anonymous

        Ah yes, you’re right; I was misremembering their criticism. But yeah, definitely a difference between ‘quit using toys’ and ‘quit using Star Wars toys’.

  • Anonymous

    Seriously going to miss the Sucklord. I have a feeling that I will be a bit bored with the proceedings from here on out.

  • Now I am The Bee

    It’s too bad– I liked the mural that Sucklord and Sarah K did.  I thought it was graphic and impactful and well done.  The 3D pieces were interesting…but the mouse ad cheese wer kinda…cheesy. 
    While at the beginning of the season I thought The Sucklord was a tool–he was actually more endearing than I thought.  I am sad to see him go. 
    I agree on the win.  And I did ike Kymia and Sara Js.  I am confused, though, but the “family” being uprooted by “The Man.”  My parents, too, were forced from their homes by war and occupation, not bureaucracy and red tape.  I didn’t get that at all. 

    Re: the Mean Girls:  Not only did they paint penises like 14 year olds–they acted like 14-year-olds as well.  Stupid high-school behaviour.  No excuse. 

  • Anonymous

    Only slightly off-topic, but did anyone else hear the SJP interview on NPR’s Studio 360 this week? She talked about Work of Art. Say what you will about her, in interviews like this, she always comes off as incredibly sincere and earnest and likable.

  • Heather Hayes

    I don’t really understand why people keep saying that this is a challenge that the Sucklord should have aced.  Yes, he’s rather obsessed with pop culture, and yeah, he knew quite a bit about street art, but that’s not the same as possessing the skills to create street art.  The scale of his work tends to be rather small, so as to fit with the size of the toys.  This was literally a huge change for him.  I think that the 3-d aspect of it, which was his contribution, kind of proves it.  The pieces were so small they got swallowed up by the sheer enormity of the maze.  I think if the 3-d bits had been more substantive, it would have improved the work greatly.  In my experience (I was an art teacher for 10 years) people who tend to work exclusively in small scale flounder quite a bit when suddenly forced to work large.  I wasn’t surprised at all that he had trouble with it. 

    I’ll miss him, though.  He was my favorite.

    • Anonymous

      You make a very good point. I hadn’t considered that aspect of Sucklord’s skills.

  • http://twitter.com/verascity Vera Sticker

    Having not seen the episode, I actually find the winning piece super powerful. I think it’s one of the best things I’ve seen on WOA, period. Great job, Young and Dusty.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t think anything looked particularly like street art. Street art seems use up every inch of space and kind of bombard you with bright images (in a good way) so that the two dimensional becomes more three dimentional. Everyone’s pics seemed so flat. Not much here would capture my eye if I was driving past it.

    And I love this comment:
     “the man.” No, really. She said that. See what we mean about student-y?”
    My niece just graduated and my nephew is still in college and both had their “the man” phase. Not original. 

    Lastly Lola has so much baggage its unreal. She is a mess.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, not sure who “the man” is in this context.  I don’t think either of the artists’ families relocated due to smoking men in business suits.

    • Anonymous

      WOW! to Lee Quinones’ art. What an incredibly talented artist. That is more along the lines that I was expecting, although none of these folks have that kind of talent in their little fingers. Exit through the Gift Shop forever changed my opinions of street art.

  • Anonymous

    I liked what the participant wrote, “What is a father?” better than what Dusty and Young wrote, “It changes you.” I think they missed an opportunity to examine fatherhood rather than the more generic “parenthood” (or loss) — especially given the absence and incarceration of many fathers of kids in inner cities. It would have made the piece stronger and actually worthy of the win it received.  I was surprised by the “canned surrealism” response of Jerry to the tiger piece. While I thought that piece had major problems of execution, I was relieved by its freewheeling silliness in the face of such “serious” work.  I appreciate the fun that Lola and Michelle brought to it, even if they didn’t have to be so bitchy about it.

    • Anonymous

      I strongly agree with your comments on Dusty and Young, and wrote something similar myself.
      I would have found Lola and Michelle more fun if they hadn’t brought the assiness along with it. And I thought their humor was very juvenile, it could have had more ‘freewheeling silliness’ if they had edited themselves, and not presented everything as a cartoon panel, but done true street art covering the wall. Their art also didn’t translate well to viewing from a distance, which is also a component of well-executed street art, I think.

      • Anonymous

        You’re right about both the assiness and the problems in execution. It was very hard to read on the TV screen, so hard to read on the street as well.  Editing and a stronger hand would have gone a long way. I liked the idea behind the work better than I liked the work. 

    • Anonymous

      Totally agreed about “What is a father?” It’s a much more profound and complex comment than “It changes you.” So many ways to take the question. Not that what they had was bad, especially with the time constraints, but  it’s the difference between an B- and A-quality piece.

      With Lola and Michelle, I can appreciate trying to have fun and be silly with art, but I feel like they failed at that goal. While some works, like Bayate’s spinning circles “Motion” piece, have been very simple and child-like, this was simply childish. The end result was something I found annoying, rather than silly. I felt like I was supposed to simply laugh at the penises, but I outgrew giggling at naked people a long time ago. I think the real problem was letting Lola take the lead, because she’s very immature and so creates rather immature art. 

      • Anonymous

        For me, it wasn’t the penises that was funny, but that they were on these louche tigers who occasionally sleep under the museum-quality tapestry. 

  • Anonymous

    Completely random observation. Two artists said “mischevious” instead of mischevous.

    Less random. Wished the “rat” in the maze had been presented on a larger more dynamic scale and in a more fantastical way – would have made the wall so much more visually interesting…to me.

    • Anonymous

      And Josh said “artillerary” on PR. This comment is completely irrelevant. It just tickles me.

  • Anonymous

    Young and dusty.. chortle chortle!!

  • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

    I am not impressed by Lola in any way, shape, or form.  Her art leaves me cold.  Obviously all art is in the eye of the beholder – but hers is as small and bitchy as its creator.   Definitely not my thing.  I still don’t ‘get’ Young – but at least I respond positively to his work.  Sorry to see Sucklord go.  I rather liked him.  His brashness wasn’t derogatory or attack based.  He certainly livened up the show.  Be interesting to see who comes to the fore now he’s gone.  Say what you will – he was the groups unofficial leader.   

  • Don Howe

    Kymia and Sara’s piece would have won for me – graphically really strong from very far away, and enough intricacy and detail laid on it to keep my interest close up.I thought it was gorgeous and rich. I’m actually glad they were a bit incoherent on “what it means”; the more I can approach something with some confusion and ambiguity, the longer I’m interested, and without having it spelled out for me throughout the show, I don’t think I would have been burdened by their Big Meaning – I would have pulled what I wanted out of it for myself. And that’s why I wasn’t that fond of Dusty and Young, even though I loved watching them together and the sentiments were nice. (But I don’t look at art for sentiment.)  Now for Lola and Michelle: if I were in charge, the loser part of judging would have been over the minute Lola slapped a sticker on somebody else’s work. I wonder what would happen on PR if a contestant reached out and slashed another designer’s dress while the models were heading to the runway? That glitter-on-the-subway comment just foreshadowed her vacuous, entitled (oh, I mean “naughty”) behavior at the end. And their piece was a mess – sloppy, juvenile, washed-out, and illegible. At least Sucklord and Sarah produced something that could be seen from across the street.

    • Anonymous

      I was shocked that Bill Powers took the side of Lola and Michelle in his blog.  I’ve been fairly neutral on the judges on this show, but he has now moved to the negative column.

      • Anonymous

        jerry saltz took their side too on his blog! China and the guest judge must have a lot of pull! 

  • Anonymous

    Michelle’s and Lola’s was badly drawn — it looked like scribbles by any eighth-grade kid. I don’t think it’s a one-off slip — everything Lola does pretty much looks like crap to me. And of course Michelle sexualized it, again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heather-McIlrath/673340132 Heather McIlrath

    that rat is a complete rip off of banksy’s work

  • Anonymous

    I was a underwhelmed with this week’s entries.  I’m tied of Young’s so-called social commentary pieces which seem like they were conceived by a NY marketing firm.  They all seem like “ads”.   Kymia and Sara’s had potential.  I agree that the “man” was not well conceived.   I don’t really understand why suckdude choked so badly.  I think the judges scared him away from his toy references but if there was ever a time to bring it out of the bag, this was it.  I think the maze could have worked if there was something of interest within the maze.  The rat was the right idea but they didn’t take it far enough and the piece ended up looking horribly bland.  Lola and Michelle are childish beyond belief.  I was actually intrigued by the concept of peaking into the windows but instead they drew two tigers with hands for head outside the windows.  None of it made sense and the images did not read well from a distance.  Lola has outstayed her welcome and her talent.  I almost wish Tewz would have stayed on long enough participate in this challenge and show the others what real street art is about. 

  • Anonymous

    I like Dusty, but his “I’m so different from all of these other people” is getting a little stale.  Yeah, you’re straight and from the south. Get over it. 

  • vmcdanie

    FWIW, I really loved and appreciated the interactive part of Dusty and Young’s piece because who can’t add to that conversation? My father died very recently and I yearned to scribble on that wall but seeing others do it was enough.

    I know Sucklord’s expiry date was nigh but Lola should have been sent home just for fucking with other people’s art work. Congratulations on reaching new heights of tacky and insensitive by sticking a faux penis onto someone’s mural. I’m beyond over that chick and as you say, was really bummed out about Michelle who had, up until now, been one of my favorites. Truly career-damaging behavior.