WOA: Whore Yourself! [NSFW]

Posted on December 08, 2011

Well, the veil was ripped off for this one, wasn’t it? What was the thinking here? “Let’s devise the most crass, artistically offensive challenge we can come up with!”

Yeah, that was about how we felt, too.

 

It doesn’t bother us that selling was a major component of this win (although it does bother us that sales were used to determine the winner). The collision of art and commerce is an issue that’s been affecting (and even torturing) artists for almost as long as there have been artists. Somewhere in the mists of time, an annoyed caveman does the bidding of the guy who has the most beads and draws the buffalo hunt on the cave walls exactly as he’s ordered to.

There was an interesting challenge hidden somewhere in the DNA of this one. You can do something interesting with the idea of forcing artists to sell their wares on the street.

But when the time constraints you impose on them aren’t even long enough to let paint dry, then the result is going to be ugly, trashy, frantically made art that has practically no value to it at all.

And trying to fuse spontaneous street art with an art gallery aesthetic was the worst idea of all and probably the biggest reason why most of the art this week was pure crap. An artist can’t serve two masters at the same time and all of them struggled with the idea of making something gallery-worthy that would also make a lot of money in a short period of time on the street.

The resulting art was lame in its attempt to fall back on shock value rather than aesthetic value, ranging from selling underpants to selling nude pictures.

Only Sarah J. managed to figure out the best way to approach things. How is it that she was the only one who thought to do probably the most popular and salable kind of street art there is, the portrait sketch?

Then again, we think the majority of the artists left simply don’t have the technical skill to produce on-the-fly portraits worth selling. Lola’d need an overhead projector to do it.

So it’s not surprising that Sarah won this one. We like her illustration style quite a but and we loved what little of her portraits we could see. The two-headed dog is interesting, but we’re pretty bored with her whole “girls have a vagina” theme.

 

Further evidence of the fucked-up nature of this challenge is that Young got to share in the $30,000 prize because he was teamed up with Sarah. What horseshit. His ideas were crap and he violated the dictates of the challenge by putting an artistic representation of what he was selling on the wall rather than putting what he was actually selling on the wall. How much damn money has won by now? It’s somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 grand, isn’t it? And we can’t say any of his work has wowed us that much. He’s the Anya of Work of Art, it seems. Even when he doesn’t win, he wins.

 

WHAT. EVER.

Of course the judges gushed.

 

We think the concept – selling her signature in exchange for the buyer’s signature – was sound, even bordering on brilliant in its confident absurdity (and confidence does not strike us as something Kymia can pull off effortlessly), but we think she could have devised a more interesting way to display the results than this. Either way, we credit her for coming up with the second-best idea for street art: postcards. She just didn’t manage a design or concept that would bring a lot of money in quickly.

 

Dusty’s falling back on his minimalist graphic style and simplistic themes way too much. For someone who’s utilized so much written word in his work, we’re surprised he didn’t think to use it here. Some sort of pithy phrase would have eliminated all the confusion over what that thing in the center was supposed to be. He’s lucky he didn’t go home with this one because, like the judges, we were a little annoyed to see another map of America. That’s trite nine times out of ten. He made it work last time, but it was a flop this time.

 

She always struck us as pretty wifty but she was in orbit around Saturn for most of this episode. We have no idea what the hell she was thinking. Even now, we have no idea what it is she was trying to sell. Paper feather head-dresses frantically made on the fly? What? And then the whole spray-painted boobs on t-shirts thing? It was like watching someone having an hour-long psychotic break with reality.  Can’t say we disagreed with the elimination at all. Dusty’s just lucky she imploded when she did.
 
[Screencaps: tomandlorenzo.com]

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  • Jacqui

    I have a very strong dislike for Lola’s work and I can’t get past that.

    I think this challenge would have been better had the artists had more time. Or taking one of their previous works and make it sellable. I think the gallery art should have come first and then find a way to make it sell on the streets.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KLKIE5KG4N2DBAZ4GNAXTSQGXE sepi

    Very on point re Anya and Young. They seem to be benefiting from positive prejudice. Regardless of what they do, and however amateurishly they do it, it’s brilliant! Young’s work is so boring it puts me on the brink of tears.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=691569288 Christopher Coyle

      Yeah, I can’t argue there, but to be a little fair to Young, he is a Performance Artist by nature, but at least he doesn’t fall back on that as badly as… oh heck, what’s her name from Season 1? The messy chick?

      • http://twitter.com/drnels Nels P. Highberg

        Nao Bustamante

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

    I’ll give Bravo credit: I was really surprised they would show hairy Vs on TV.

    I hated the art this week, but occasionally it’s entertaining to see contests break down and get uncomfortable. I don’t want to see it every week (are you reading this, B/M?!?), but I had a good time with the freakoutedness.

    • Anonymous

      That would be a great band name: The Hairy Vs.

      • Judy_J

        Except some people who are into Roman numerals might interpret it as The Hairy Fives.  You’d have to call them the Hairy Vees to avoid confusion.

      • Anonymous

        and they could open for the band TLo named a few years back from “Shear Genius:” Kim Vo’s Lips

  • Jacqui

    Oh and this:
     
    “Then again, we think the majority of the artists left simply don’t have the technical skill to produce on-the-fly portraits worth selling. Lola’d need an overhead projector to do it.”
     
    Hysterical! And oh so true.

    • Anonymous

      Kymia could do it. I think she has great drawing skills when she chooses to show them off.

    • Anonymous

      I read this recap in the library and when I got to that quote I laughed really obnoxiously and everyone was staring at me so I awkwardly turned it into a cough. 

  • scottyf

    I. loved. this. episode.

    Not for the challenge itself (which I agree was set up for drama and disaster), but for the storytelling. I thought the producers/directors/editors did an EXCELLENT job of creating a compelling narrative. Maybe it’s because there are so few contestants left, but I felt I got an understanding of each artist’s personality and struggle. I thought it was interesting too that so many of them went for t-shirts and quasi-kitsch. Even Sara J. didn’t start out with the idea of portraits.

    I was both compelled and repulsed by Lola. I don’t like her–never have. But this episode really highlighted the fact that she’s not a villain. She’s actually pretty self-aware. In fact that seems to be her issue: her over-indulging in the exploration of her own persona to the exclusion of every one and every thing else. I was very disturbed by her self-prostitution. Maybe it was her youth, maybe it was my chauvinism. Maybe it was my paternal instincts. However suddenly I see her much more as a child who, if she’s not careful, could end up being pretty fucked up by the world.

    I adore Dusty. It’s so refreshing to see someone who seems so genuine on reality television. But he really has produced some pretty bland pieces. I hope he can look at these episodes and see the artistic patterns that may be getting in his way. I hope he has a stellar life after WOA, but it really is time for him to go IMHO.

    • Anonymous

      I know what you mean.  My sense was that Lola wasn’t nude because she wanted to be, but because the rules of the reality game are rigged in such a way that she knew going nude as a pretty-young-thing would keep her in the game.  And the men all kind of got off on it.  She is young–in her early twenties–and she’s not going to win, so what did she sell herself for?  And it was selling herself more than it was an artistic choice.

      • angela rose

        I gotta confess that I really liked what Lola did.  It was a barbara kruger inspired look, but with a personal narrative.  Yes, she is prone to using text when maybe subtext is in order, but her work, IMO, was second only to Sara J.  It at least LOOKED like a piece of art as opposed to a craft fair piece.

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

          Well, yeah, Lola’s was one of the more successful pieces this week, but this time it was a photo with typed thoughts/commentary as opposed to a traced drawing with handwritten thoughts/commentary. The trick bag, it is shallow.

          • Anonymous

            Very shallow.

      • Now I am The Bee

        And Simone was one of them.  That was a bit creepy….

        • Anonymous

          I think I recall reading that Simone has a much younger wife . . . 

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

      Mr. Scotty I sincerely hope you are a writer of some sort.

      • Pam Winters

        Proper use of semicolons is soooo sexy! (I’m serious. I’m a copy editor.) Scotty, if you have your own web site, let me know so I can check it out.

        • Anonymous

          The semicolon is my favorite punctuation mark. (I’m an editor, too.)

          • Team TeamUSA

            My favorite punctuation mark‽ The interrobang!?

        • Anonymous

          The proper use of semicolons has been known to lead to at least one marriage:  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/fashion/weddings/jennifer-miller-and-jason-feifer-vows.html?ref=weddings

        • Now I am The Bee

          Semicolons are my fave as well.  I’m not a writer, but a semicolon geek I guess…

        • http://summerborn.livejournal.com/ Summer Born

          Did I miss something? I love Scotty F but I don’t see a semicolon in his post. Did you perhaps mean the poor misunderstood colon?

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B3CIEK7XAS3YKAAKFJFMIIKC4I Nacogdoches

            There’s a semicolon, but unfortunately it isn’t used correctly. Semicolons are used either to link two independent clauses or to separate items in a series when those items have internal punctuation.

            Sorry for being such a punctuation Nazi. I’m an English professor in the midst of end-of-term grading. ^_^

          • Anonymous

            I love punctuation Nazis.  I have an affinity for good grammar, but I am not an expert.  I cringe when I see blatant errors though. 

        • Anonymous

          Colon (:)
          Semi-colon (;)
          …of course, I had to google it to be sure.

    • Anonymous

      I’ll admit, I haven’t seen the show, so there’s a very good chance I’m wrong, but perhaps she went for selling nude photos of herself out of sheer narcissism? That was my first impression. 

      • Anonymous

        She is in her twenties, but seems, developmentally stuck in her teens.  Wow, that sounds pompous.

    • Mary McClelland

      I agree with your assessment of Lola. I think she is a precarious person seeking something greater that she doesn’t understand how to articulate. I think her upbringing led her into very adult situations at a young and cultivated in her a strike first to avoid retreat tough skin. She is very aware, but her toughness is a ruse. I thought the secret on her naked body worked for her because she is a person that is too aware, but also very afraid of being revealed. 

  • http://twitter.com/Deac82 Mike M.

    I think Kymia could have composed the signatures in a less straightforward way that would have been more visually arresting.  Had she done that, I think she could have won the gallery portion of the challenge.

    • Anonymous

      She wasn’t up for it–only Young and Sara J.

  • Anonymous

    “Of course the judges gushed.”
    No, they drooled.  The men, anyway.  

  • Anonymous

    WHAT.  EVER.  is right!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve said it before but I’d like to repeat: I am so impressed with Bravo and very happy that they’re refusing to censor the artist’s work this season. I really have a lot of respect for them because of that.

    re: Young – Do you think producers have something to do with how much money he’s swimming in, or is it just good luck? I was trying to figure that out and I really am not sure.

    • Anonymous

      They’ve censored it online, which is funny because there’s an outtake of Lola and Simon discussing his affection for public hair–meanwhile a big beige oval obscures most everything.  

      But color me surprised too that they allowed full-frontal like that.

      • Anonymous

        Glammie – I think you meant Simon’s affection for PUBIC hair…but Lola’s PUBIC became PUBLIC…so, pun intended?  

        • Anonymous

          No, wish it were.  That was a bona fide Freudian slip.

      • Anonymous

        Oh dear God, I’m so glad I didn’t witness that discussion. 

        I was surprised at the full-frontal too. If they allow the work on the show then by all means let it remain uncensored. 

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

      I respect that too. Video footage gets blurred but the “art” is shown uncensored.

  • Lori

    Why this group of arttestants was touted as being more talented than last season’s is beyond me and has been all season.  There were some unforgettable pieces last season (Abdi’s heads with fuses, Abdi’s sculptures for the finale, Peregrine’s carnival installation which included the unborn fawns) and other interesting pieces that were less memorable but had interest and depth. 
     
    This group just can’t seem to wow no matter the challenge.  There are a million people who draw as well or better than Sarah J. who say something with their drawings.  These artists have so little to say.

    The one with Crohn’s, the one who survived the serious accident, the free-spirit whose mom had a long affair with Al Pacino, blah blah — much more casting for backstory this season and that’s never good in a reality competition.
     
     

    • Anonymous

      There was some awful stuff last season–you’re talking about two of the finalists.  Remember the outsider clown guy?  He was there awhile.  Mark, the mediocre photographer? I don’t think most of Peregrine’s efforts were better than Sara J.’s–both did artsy little drawings, though I was rooting for Peregrine to win.  For that matter, Abdi did some *awful* stuff during the competition for which he could have been eliminated and nearly was.

      I thought Michelle was terrific and was sorry to see she lost her way.  I think Kymia’s wonderfully talented–that drawing was spectacular.  

      I do think Young has been insanely lucky to have won the challenges he has–everybody died on the pop art thing so his only passable piece won.  This week he turned in something fairly awful, but was luckily paired with Sara J.  

      I’m just hoping he’s the surprise upset next week who doesn’t go to the finale.  I need Kymia and Sara J. to go since I think they’re the best of who’s left–then one of the lesser three can go–don’t really care which one.  

      • Anonymous

        Based on talent, Kymia and Sarah J are my top two also. I would have been happy with an all female final three if Michele hadn’t crashed and burned. Now I’d rather see Dusty take the last spot.

      • Lori

        I’m not talking about two of the finalists, I’m talking about three of the pieces.  Difference.

        I’ve already said there has not been a single piece from this season I will remember, so since you disagree, I’d be genuinely interested to know the ones that will stay with you, that you would like to own (as I would any of the three I mentined)>.

        • Anonymous

          Fair enough, but you are talking about pieces that appeared in the finals (Abdi’s sculptures, Peregrine’s unborn fawns) and late in the game–Abdi’s smoldering heads.

          I’m not sure staying with me means that much–I remember some pretty crappy art whether I want to or not–but, assuming space is no object, I will remember and would like to own Kymia’s drawing from the children’s challenge.  I thought it was gorgeous, creepy and highly skilled.  I loved Michelle’s paper sculpture with the peeking eyes beneath from the same challenge.  I also liked her painting of herself on the doctor’s table turning into a plant.  I would have happily bought a quickie portrait from Sara J. and hung it up.  

          The one piece of Lola’s I liked was her houses wandering from their frame in the first challenge.  I thought it intriguing.  

          Sara J.s done some interesting work, but I’d have to spend some real time with it since it tends toward the small and detailed.

          I do think the talent’s really been on the women’s side this season.  I like Dusty, but his art, while sincere, could use another level.  I’m glad he’s won some money and gotten to hang with some other artists.

          Young seems to be very good at answering the challenges, but his work seems to me as callow as Lola’s and I think Lola may have more talent somewhere.

    • Anonymous

      I know.  I only saw parts of the show last night (what is it with 10 repeats in a row of Top Chef – but none of this)  but based on the pictures here, I have to think of one of my best school friend’s brother.  I recall his drawing portraits that were almost photographic.    Not kind of cartoonish

  • Scott Hester-Johnson

    I remain perplexed as to why we can see nipples and muff in still pictures, but videos get pixelated. And no, I have no interest in seeing either, I am just confused by the reasoning.

    I cannot begin to state how much I dislike Lola and her “art”; it’s giving me flashbacks of self-important hacks in art school getting away with crap because they could spin a good line of BS and because they were “shocking”. And how much artistry is there to knowing how to use the text edit in Photoshop?

    • Anonymous

      I’m guessing because of movement? because it–jiggling and the possibility of the muff opening–is considered against some sort of rule there. Stuff can’t jiggle or open in still pictures.

    • Pam Winters

      I thought that Lola’s picture in this episode was, for once, a place where her scribbled annotations might have been effective (more effective, anyway, than the type).

  • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

    And to think I was really looking forward to this seasons WOA.  Each episode the whole premise sinks a little further.  I’m actually surprised Lola wasn’t given the win. She did exactly what was asked – create sensational, disposable ‘art’ that sells like hot pretzels.  She’d have stood naked to sell it too, if there wasn’t a ban put on performance art.  It’s one of the few times I actually got her whole approach.  You have to admit – sex does sell.  She packaged her ‘art’ better than anyone else.  I agree that Sarah deserved the win (artistically speaking). Her portraits were great.  They were commercial and artistic at the same time.  She’s the only one who actually peddled ‘art’, in my opinion.  Everyone else thought two-dimensionally; how much can I make in the shortest period of time.  Not that they were given time to do much of anything else.  Only Sarah zagged instead of zigged. 

    As an aside – I’d really have liked to see what Sucklord would have come up with.  Love it or hate it – it would have had high entertainment value.

    • Anonymous

      I agree that Lola did what the challenge asked, but the whole reason she didn’t win was that her art did *not* sell like hot pretzels.  Sara J. got the win for making the most money.

      • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

        Yup.  I personally liked hers the best too.  Sarah’s showing depths I wasn’t aware she had initially.  Her style didn’t move me.  Her portraits on the other hand, sung.  She really ought to consider drawing people as opposed to fantastical creatures.  She caught her subjects emotionally.  I could see who they were at that moment in time – and that’s what great portraiture does.  It uncovers the ‘who’ of the subject. 

        Lola on the other hand really puts me off.  But I could see how this challenge suited her.  It’s the first time I liked what she had to offer.

    • Now I am The Bee

      You are so right–Sucklord would have nailed this! Oooh sorry.  The Sucklord. 

      • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

        Don’t you miss him?  I miss him.  He was fun, irreverent, and unabashedly self-promoting (in a fun way).  Most of all he was entertaining as bloody hell.  I couldn’t help but like him.  I agree with TLo.  Give the man his own show.  I’d rather watch him than 3/4 of the ‘artists’ recruited for this seasons WOA.  Send Dusty home and bring (The) Sucklord back.  

        • Mary McClelland

          I was watching Watch What Happens Live one night and he called in and blatantly asked Andy Cohen for his own show. Andy was speechless and you could tell it was a totally spontaneous moment. It was great! I do hope he gets his own show doing something with superheros and kids and in the city. He’s fun. That or I hope he’s the next Bachelor! 

  • MilaXX

    Young is definitely the Anya of this season. I’m calling his win now. The best part of the ep was Lola pimping herself & still not being able to grab a win.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel

      Young – TMI on his backside. Eiu.

      Lola – wasn’t she told NOT to do writings with her art? She did the same thing in this episode.

    • Anonymous

      Don’t say that–remember we’re on Bravo, not Lifetime.  I will scream and throw soft things in the direction of my teevee if Young wins–even more than if Dusty or Lola wins because Young’s already made so much damn money.

      Kymia and Sara J. are the only two acceptable options to me.

  • Anonymous

    All I can see in Lola’s “art” is that she misspelled “occasionally.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Morris/1076502799 Jane Morris

      Yeah, that’s what I thought. I guess if she writes on her twat it’s art.

    • Anonymous

      She also misused “nauseous,” but that’s a windmill at which I barely bother to tilt anymore since so many people similarly misuse it.

      Hasn’t each of Lola’s “text” works included at least one misspelling? I suppose it could be a deliberate affectation, like Sarah J.’s “DIVORSE,” but because I hate Lola so much I prefer to believe she’s just too dumb to spell common words correctly.

  • Anonymous

    “Tlo said: How is it that she was the only one who thought to do probably the most popular and salable kind of street art there is, the portrait sketch?”

    Because she (Sara J.) is the only one with any real artistic talent.

    I didn’t think I was going to like it that the one who raised the most money won (because I feared it would be Lola), but then Sara won. THAT, in and of itself, was pretty funny: Loathesome Lola was the most whorish; so desperate that she stood there in the park sell naked pictures of herself & hugs (??) and whatever else, and she lost out to the someone with talent. That is comedy. Also pretty funny that she thinks it’s a secret that she’s not ‘a great person’. Anyone watching could tell her it’s no secret. Also funny that she made that little girl cry.

    Not sure why Dusty didn’t just use and eye instead of that unreadable camera. And I don’t like it that Young got half of the prize either.

    As for the other Sarah (who was eliminated): Isn’t this the second nitwit who teamed up with Lola, to get bounced? It seems like Lola is the Typhoid Mary of this group.

    –GothamTomato

    • Anonymous

      I wonder what she told that little girl! Whatever it was, it was horrible. I wonder if it had anything to do with Santa Claus or something.

    • Pam Winters

      Yeah, that scene where she whispered in the kid’s ear and the kid started bawling was priceless. What did she whisper?

      “Pssst! I know Al Pacino’s street address!”

      “The girl in Crying Game? Has a penis!”

      “Watch me on Project Runway next season!”

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GFMOZFM3WT3T56EZHVZFK7UXSI Ramon

        I would love to like this comment to the infinite power.

    • Now I am The Bee

       I also wondered what Lola told that little girl.  If it was something to deliberately make her cry–that’s just cruel.  Comedy for sure, but mean-spirited.  But then–we know Lola is not a great person because she told us… 

    • Anonymous

      I’m not a fan of Sara J’s work, but I can acknowledge that she at least has some skill and talent.

    • Anonymous

      I was really disturbed as a mom; I would never let a stranger whisper
      something unknown into my child’s ear. How awful of Lola. It just shows
      her immaturity and undiagnosed *borderline personality disorder* [I"m not speaking scientifically here].

      No, GT, not funny at all.

      • ferdinanda

        I agree.  Whispering anything to a stranger’s kid is Bad Idea No. 1.  But if you do, you are morally obligated to make that “whispered secret” something whimsical, delighful, and wonderful.  Something like “trees are happy” or “Love is all around,” blah blah blah. Maybe it’s lame and hokey, but it won’t make a kid cry, and it’s the responsible thing to do.  ”Responsible” needs to get into Lola’s lexicon; her work would gain depth if she really tackled the weightier issues related to her ”persona.”  She only thinks her work is revealing; she is still taking the simplistic, safe route.  Real self-examination doesn’t involve boasting “I’m so baaaaad!” in the nude.   

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Visually, Lola’s piece was one of the better ones (though the portrait itself should have been credited to Sarah, who shot the picture; since when does the model get the photographer’s credit?), but why on earth would I care what her secrets are?  I don’t want to know the secrets of most of the people I actually know.  Let’s get more art, less artist here.

    Dusty was very lucky this week.  So was Young.

    I was glad to see some business involved, but what a stupid model–the short time frame for creating an inventory?  The vagueness of the challenge itself? (I was glad to see the street portraits, but weren’t they supposed to finish creating their inventory in the five hours they were given?)

  • Anonymous

    I want Sarah J. to paint my portrait.  I’ll wear sunglasses.

    Of COURSE the season couldn’t end without Lola posing nude for us.  Of COURSE.

  • Anonymous

    Lola gets naked to totally sell out and still can’t bring it enough to win. Heh.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Morris/1076502799 Jane Morris

      Yeah, and the edit made it look like she was really raking it in.  It was delightful to see that it didn’t work.

    • Anonymous

      Sorry to say that Jerry says she would have won if the rules of the challenge hadn’t restricted the winners to the pair who made the most money.

      • Anonymous

        So what? My point was she still didn’t bring in the most money, which was her goal.

      • Anonymous

        On the subject of Jerry: it’s funny to me that his blog on the show has made me like him more as a person, but destroyed whatever of his credibility that the show itself hadn’t already.

    • Anonymous

      So both seasons of the show have now cast women who had no problems with getting naked, but whose artistic sensibilities are considerably lacking, not to mention, their senses of self-worth and self-esteem.

  • Anonymous

    I’m just distracted so much the last couple of episodes … by how much Kymia looks like Cher when she smiles … the old Cher (like “Mermaids” or “Silkwood”).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

    Lola did yet another piece where she writes random thoughts all over the place. It’s like peeping into a poorly written diary.

  • http://twitter.com/thedogsmother thedogsmother

    yuk, yuk, yuk, yuk, yuk, yuk. Did I get them all?

  • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

    The caveman artist comment made me lol. This is one of the best blogs on the web (:

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Morris/1076502799 Jane Morris

    Wonder what secret Lola told that child that made her scream all the way home.

    And wonder if one of the guys had taken a full frontal picture of himself, would they have blurred his junk?

    I always want to kick Lola in the face.  She is the quintessential child of affluence who has been told her entire life that her every thought is brilliant and intriguing.  I have a friend who has coined the term “Affluenza”.  

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

      Love that!

    • Anonymous

      The crying child was definitely an editing highlight of the season.

      Also, I’m pretty sure there was a PBS documentary and book called “Affluenza” a few years back, so your friend might have the misfortune of inventing something that was always invented. Which is the worst feeling.

      But I’m with Scotty above who had a turn-around with Lola this episode. She’s super-needy and, yes, obnoxious and aggressive, but for the first time this season I started to feel bad for her because of where I think her whole schtick is headed. I personally went from thinking she was a terrible person to thinking she was simply very, very juvenile. Time will tell!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Morris/1076502799 Jane Morris

        I think she is both a terrible person AND juvenile. Her terrible personness will keep her forever juvenile, and eventually depressed when the world doesn’t tell her what her parents and teachers have been telling her: that’s she is extra special.

        • Gretchen Adams

          I though she thinks that this makes her “honest” but, at the bottom of it all, I don’t think she really thinks these are *bad* traits—just that other people think they are bad. So, if she “admits” them, then she is fearless and honest and, most importantly, doesn’t have to change one damn thing.

        • Mary McClelland

          I don’t think she’s a terrible person, just very insecure and the product of self-absorbed petulant parents. It seems her mother exists in a state of perpetual adolescent whimsy as well and I bet she had little stability growing up. I also bet that her mom’s bf, Robert Dinero gave Lola whatever she wanted in order to keep mom happy.

          I imagine she got a lot of negative attention growing up and her mom and mom’s bfs thought being mischievious was cute so she perpetuated it. Sorry – I;m a counselor and clearly put too much into this off the cuff analysis of a person I’ve only seen on a TV show.

          I don’t think she has a future in art though, as someone said above lit seems to be her preferred medium

    • Anonymous

      I was thinking she told her there was no Santa Claus or something.

      –GothamTomato

      • Anonymous

        I must read down before replying. I actually said the same thing in response to your above comment!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t really understand why the artists were paid together to being with – they read their sales totals individually, so what was the point? It’s not like their pieces related to one another in any way.

    • Now I am The Bee

      I wondered the same thing.  I could see it if the artists were required to make someting together–but each artist did their own thing.  The really just shared a space, and the winnings, of course….

      • Mary McClelland

        THat really bothered me as well. Really what was the point. At first when they were announcing the challenge and the teams, I assumed they would have to make items as a team, but then in the workroom I realized that wasn’t the case. It struck me as confusing and bizarre that they would place them in teams and they didn’t have to do anything together but share tallies at the end. Young’s pieces were as ridiculous as Sarah K’s to me and it was grossly unfair that he took a percentage of Sarah J’s win. The judges should have given her the entire $30k. 

  • Terence Ng

    Lola’s titles and posters could include the line ”It’s not that I’ve been dishonest, it’s just that I loath reality,” and some French (“Juste un petit peu de la musique,” perhaps? Or “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir”, even?) and I wouldn’t have blinked an eye. Boring. They need to turn her pretension dial down to 0.

    • Pinup Ghoul

      Or ANYTHING below where it seems to be now.

  • Terence Ng

    Lola’s titles and posters could include the line ”It’s not that I’ve been dishonest, it’s just that I loath reality,” and some French (“Juste un petit peu de la musique,” perhaps? Or “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir”, even?) and I wouldn’t have blinked an eye. Boring. They need to turn her pretension dial down to 0.

  • Anonymous

    why do these people insist on putting boobies and penises on everything? Because really…they need to stop it.

    • Pinup Ghoul

      Because no-no bits are SHOCKING to the rest of mundane America, didn’t you know? Paradigm shift, MAN!

      • Now I am The Bee

        Oh yeah–like those of us in the midwest fly-over country have never seen boobs or bush.  (g!)

        • Anonymous

          I am getting so tired of these giggly girls drawing penises, it is so grammar schoolish.  

          Oooo I drew a penis.  Ooooo I drew a booby.  I am so naughty and talented.

           

        • BuffaloBarbara

          Must be hard to have those big families while keeping one’s eyes covered.

    • Anonymous

      Because!  It’s so original! And thought provoking!  And…and….oh wait

  • Anonymous

    Lola is a cynic. She saw the writing on the wall, knew that her gallery work would likely send her home, and did the Hail-Mary pass of trying to make enough money off of her body to stay in the game because she doesn’t believe enough in her own talent. I actually thought her plan was going to work, so maybe that makes me a cynic, too. The irony is how it really turned out, with praise in the gallery and not enough in the cash box. While that is confounding, I am left with the happy reality (or Christmas miracle?) that true talent won on the street that day. 

  • Anonymous

    Okay, so I don’t watch the show so I may be missing something, but what is artistic about Lola’s? It is a crappy photo with text.

    This is why I chose not to go to art school. I hate how anything can be called “art.”

    • ferdinanda

      I guarantee that in a graduate-level art program, Lola would be toast.  But she’d never get INTO a graduate program with a portfolio of work like the one she was hawking.  Not even at the college level, in terms of concept and execution.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, and who didn’t see this coming: Kymia asking for permission to do something that only in the most expansive possible definition could be construed as performance art, and Lola saying no, just because she could. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Morris/1076502799 Jane Morris

      But then Lola was selling hugs.

  • Logo Girl

    I thought they had to sell something tangible. Wouldn’t selling secrets in someone’s ear be “performance”?

    • Anonymous

      Yep, more so than asking your buyers for their signature to put on the gallery wall. 

    • Judy_J

      I thought the same thing myself. 

  • Anonymous

    I’d be pretty happy if I opened my mailbox and found a burrito in there.

  • Anonymous

    It cracked me up when Simon pulled out his glasses to get a better look at Lola’s art. To read the text, I’m sure.

    • Judy_J

      Yeah, that made me laugh, too.

  • betty language

    to begin with, i do not like lola.  i think she’s only still on the show due to producer intervention.  that said, i really liked her piece this week.  i groaned, remembering the chick last season who was always naked in some sexy way.  but lola’s was a nude.  she looked vulnerable and real–and telling her secrets fit in with that.  it’s not greatest piece ever, but i thought she did a good job without being super annoying.  

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

    I mean, I think Young has been trying really hard to reference Takashi Murakami all season (he even said “Superflat” at one point last night and I was surprised the judges didn’t smack him over the head for being too derivative). I’m unimpressed by Young when you compare what he’s referencing to what he’s done with it, and I’m especially tired of him winning prize money. 

    Love Sara J. Pretty much hoping she wins the whole shabang – she seems to be the only one with the combination of training, talent, vision, and kindness. My only problem with her is her style of drawing is pretty common, but it is at least beautiful and thought-provoking, which is more than I can say for some of the others.

    Lola: can the judges STOP with the LOVE for the fucking ART SCHOOL CLICHES? “NAKED. SECRETS.” OMG have none of the judges ever seen PostSecret before? YAWN. Just stop making art and be a writer already, and bitch about Jonathan Franzen and David Foster Wallace and your unrecognized genius.

    I love Kymia’s, but she should’ve mentioned something about identity theft[/sale/trade] in hers. If it hadn’t been money-based, that might have clinched the win for her because it’s a total trust/power dichotomy to give away your signature in this day and age. But maybe that’s just my perspective. 

    Dusty and Sarah K? Well I kind of figured from the beginning neither was making it to the end. Bet Dusty goes next. Sorry, homeboy. 

    • Anonymous

      I like your perspective. From mine, I was thinking about the signatures as referencing (perhaps intentionally, perhaps not) the signature of a painting that adds to its value because it signifies/confirms authorship. As paintings top $100 million in auction value, what is the value of the signature alone? What is the value of Kymia’s signature now, and what is the value if she wins this and goes on to become an art star? There are a lot of questions to explore in this very simple gesture.

    • Anonymous

      I like your perspective. From mine, I was thinking about the signatures as referencing (perhaps intentionally, perhaps not) the signature of a painting that adds to its value because it signifies/confirms authorship. As paintings top $100 million in auction value, what is the value of the signature alone? What is the value of Kymia’s signature now, and what is the value if she wins this and goes on to become an art star? There are a lot of questions to explore in this very simple gesture.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been watching this off and on all season, primarily because Lola annoys me and I have to be in A Mood to handle it, but I actually kind of liked her last night.  She seemed pretty self-aware.

    Of course, depending on what she told that little girl, all bets may be off.  If she messed with that kid’s head as some kind of ‘artistic statement’…ugh.   Then again, the kid might have just been having a coincidental tantrum (hell, maybe she
    was upset that her mom was taking her away from Lola, for all we know).

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Morris/1076502799 Jane Morris

      I thought that, too, that it may have been the edit. But they sure did make a point of showing the kid screaming all the way home, so to speak. They could have done it just to make Lola look bad, not that she needs any help.
       

    • Mary McClelland

      As the parent of a toddler, I’m betting on a coincidental tantrum. Oh, the whims of a toddler are exasperating! :-) 

    • Anonymous

      Sure…but it creeped me out a little how smug and needy Lola was–even with a toddler.  She was in her (the baby’s) face and held her way too long, editing or no editing, since she didn’t have any relationship with her.  Poor boundaries, poor judgement, big time insecurities and narcissism shown once again.

  • Judy_J

    I’m no expert on art, but didn’t Lola’s selling her secrets by telling them directly to the clients constitute performance art?  She got in a snit about Kymia selling and collecting signatures, which were tangible objects which could be used in the gallery as art.  How could a secret Lola told a baby be used as art in her installation?  She should have been disqualified for that, anyway.  Dusty was damn lucky Sarah K.’s effort this week was lamer than his.  I thought for sure he was headed back to Arkansas.

  • Now I am The Bee

    I thought this was a a very interesting episode since I hear the high art vs saleable art debate all the time.  I agree with the win–Sara J really has some talent.  It is too bad some of those street portraits didn’t make it to the gallery.  I, too, was annoyed that Young was able to share in the win.  Though his undies were cute (much better than the goofy little canvases that he made,) he was certainly rinding Sara J’s coattails, much as he did when he and Dusty won for the mural.  Wasn’t it Dusty’s idea? 

    I’m glad that the other Sara was sent home.  She’s been coasting throughout this whole season.

    I loved Kymia’s idea–and her gallery piece.  Though I was annoyed because she kept fussing about the “how can art that can be sold on the street hang in a gallery?” thing through the whole episode.  Obviously it can be done; indeed is done by millions.  I’m happy she finally figured that out. 

    Most of the time, the seemingly random words on Lola’s art are just schlock, but this time I liked it.  It was a fairly obvious piece–baring it all through a naked picture and equally naked words, but I thought it worked.  I am happy that she didn’t win, and I hope she learned a lesson. 

  • Anonymous

    Lola’s text:  “Please stop being so gentle it’s making me nauseous.”
     
    nauseous: causing nausea; sickening
    nauseated: to be feeling, or having been caused to feel nausea.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ian.edgar Ian Edgar

      nau·seous/ˈnôSHəs/
      Adjective:Affected with nausea; inclined to vomit.

  • jeneria

    While I am no fan of Lola, I find it interesting that most of the commentators here have no problem immediately labeling her as a whore and unworthy of a win.  Would the response be so strong if it was a male who posted a nude photo of himself?  We all know sex sells, if it didn’t we wouldn’t be subjected to so many pretty but talentless people.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I think it would be the same, honestly, especially if the hypothetical man had been as needy as Lola all season.  Personally, I’m way over the whole exhibitionist thing among artists.  I’d like them to work a little more on technique and a little less on navel-exploration.

  • Anonymous

    I’m still trying to understand Kymia saying Lola sold out by being nude when Kymia had the polluted-water-between-her-breasts photo. That would’ve been published in a magazine had it won.

    • Anonymous

      Being nude per se is not necessarily selling out, but selling images of yourself nude on the street in a challenge about making money is a bit different, no?

  • Anonymous

    Did you all know that Dusty is from a small town in the South and not the city?  I’m surprised he hasn’t mentioned that yet this season! :) 

  • Anonymous

    ‘He’s the Anya of Work of Art, it seems. Even when he doesn’t win, he wins.’

    True. And because it slams Anya also, double true.

  • http://twitter.com/SparklyCasanova UglyCasanova

    You know, TLo, I don’t watch this show (let’s face it, it’s a joke.) but I love reading your guy’s assessment.  Ever think about dedicating part of the site (or posts) to cover actual art that’s going on in the real world?  I know, you guys cover pop-things but I, as an art lover, would love it if you did.  Even if it’s just one post a week, even if you only manage to cover a smidgen of contemporary art or current exhibitions, I would love it.  

    Despite art being highly subjective, your POV would be a wonderful addition to the collective criticism of the art dialogue that’s happening today.

  • Anonymous

    I loved the concept of this challenge, but hated the implementation. They shouldn’t have been working in teams. (There was seriously no reason for them to be in teams unless they could only come up with 3 cash boxes/tables. Maybe they only had 3 permits?) I’m okay with making the ‘whoever makes the most money wins’ stipulation, but then what was the point of the art gallery crit? “Make schlocky art to sell in a few hours but make it fabulous for the gallery, too” sounds like a challenge designed by committee. I would have really liked to see what they did without the constraint of the gallery part.

    Agree with the winner (well, the Sara part of the winner) and the loser this time. Sarah K. was my favorite remaining contestant, but her stuff this week was appalling. I really hope Sara J. wins, but I’d put money on Young. Not that he needs more money at this point.

    Also kudos to whichever editor/producer clipped in the little girl screaming after Lola talked to her. Top moment of the season, that.

    • Mary McClelland

      I was ok with teams so long as they had to produce something TOGETHER as a team instead of two artists making two separate things. I think they should have more time and then made a referential piece for the gallery. You know how PR makes designers do a “couture” look and then a RTW based from that… they could have done something like that with this challenge to produce higher quality results. 

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, if the rule had been they had to create something together or something that really referenced the other work (like a PR team collection), then I would have been fine with teams. As it was, it seemed completely superfluous to the challenge to bother pairing them. It didn’t even create drama (then again this isn’t quite PR yet… thankfully).

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Was anyone else amused by Young and Sarah’s thought that they’d sell more by “dressing sexy,” then appearing in the least sexy outfits of all time and thinking they were hot stuff?

  • Anonymous

    um.

    WAX

  • Anonymous

     Lola grates on me, but I was way more appalled by Sarah K. in this episode.  Not only garbage, but at least around the places I read, there’s been some pretty significiant discussion lately about appropriation of Native and tribal symbols.  I found it particularly gross that 1) she did that, 2) she did it SO INCREDIBLY BADLY–elementary school kids could literally do better and 3) no one, afaik, mentioned it, and specifically, no one asked how the fuck it related to the supposed them of “sex sells.”

    But I think we’ve pretty obviously got a Young (meh) and Lola (ugh) finale, with a wild spot between Kymia and Sarah J.  I’d rather see both of them and drop one of the others, but the writing’s on the naked picture there I think.

    • Anonymous

      References to Lola acting fourteen were made earlier in the season, in the graffiti challenge. To me it’s the challenge in which we really saw her true colors (and talentless self) emerge. So it shouldn’t be surprising that she went this route for this challenge. And as you said, she grates, big time, and I don’t think there’s anything mean in saying that.

  • Anonymous

    Really hated this episode and the time limit was absurd. If they had taken a piece of art they’d already made and done something with it to make it marketable on the street it would have made much more sense. I didn’t like them being teamed up because you end up with someone winning by default and there’s just no reason for that, especially at this point in the game. We’re down to six people here so give me a break. Young needs to go home. He’s unoriginal and has run out of what little steam he had. He’s definitely the Anya of WOA. I love Dusty to bits and he seems to be a great guy but it’s obvious he’s run his course on the show. No matter what Lola wrote on her “artwork” I still believe she is a total narcissist and I don’t think her idea was any good or original. Whatever. Simon’s overly enthusiastic reaction to it was silly and maybe a little icky. I can appreciate Sara J.’s work in general but I don’t want to see vagina and rear end thrust in my face but at least she got smart and started doing street portraits. 

  • Anonymous

    I am so mad at the producers. This type of challenge, while it did yield some decent and interesting work (Sara J, Kymia) would never in a million years yield any of those kinds of pieces that we were all raving about (Michelle’s woodsman piece, Sara J’s piece from the car challenge, Kymia’s drawing from the kids challenge, etc). With this type of challenge the work could only range from bad to decent and it’s such a waste of the “final 6″ challenge, plus people like Sarah K were completely screwed (she’s an installation artist… you can’t really sell installations). So frustrating. Next week better be amazing but it sucks that there’s a double elimination because that means it’s ending soon. 

  • Anonymous

    I am beyond tired of every challenge having prize money. I am, likewise, tired of the less than spectacular challenge ideas. Now, I realize the format is identical, but for some unfathomable reason they seem to be borrowing from the past two seasons of Project Runway: thousands of dollars if you win a challenge, team challenges left and right, overly complex challenge ideas, and so on. Seasons 8 and 9 are not to be emulated.

    Sara J. was the obvious winner in this episode, but I remain impervious to her illustration style. She certainly has skill – the only other remaining artist who seems to is Kymia – but I’m not sure she has talent, to be honest.
    Young seems like a nice guy on a personal level and I’ve been moderately interested in occasional pieces he’s done, but The Anya he is indeed. At this point, I think that even if he replicated Nao’s performance art piece from the “Shocking Art” challenge last season, he’d still win.

    Lola. Oh, Lola. In person she must have an incredible presence. There was talk a few episodes back about her being a witch, which I have concluded must be true. She has to possess actual, bona fide magical powers. This piece was like the product of a more self-aware but less skilled or talented version of Jaclyn from last season.

    Kymia had an interesting idea, in fact the best idea (Sara J.’s idea was smart, from a sales perspective, but not particularly artistically interesting), but it didn’t work so well for the selling art on the street portion of the challenge.

    Dusty is lucky he was at least living in the same universe as the judges in this episode.

    Sarah K. was my favourite from the beginning, but I spent the entire episode with my head cocked thinking, “Wh-why? I-I don’-why? Why?” It was like watching someone have a break with reality. She seems to have become progressively more and more lost in the aether as the competition went on. I choose to blame Lola, who clearly possesses a world class reality distortion field.

    P.S. Simon is such a perv.

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t read all the comments, so forgive me if I am repeating something already said – but what happened to the rule against performance art?  Isn’t selling secrets performance art?

    I was repulsed by Lola’s seemingly immediate decision to strip down for the masses, and disgusted by the male judges’ leering reaction.  Her only talent is selling herself.  It worked well for this challenge which was barely about art.  The fact that Lola is still in this competition has set the women’s movement back sixty years.

    • Judy_J

      I liked Simon up until this episode.  He was practically drooling over that picture of Lola.  Pretty disgusting, if you ask me.  And unprofessional.  Has he never seen a naked woman before?

    • Anonymous

      The male judges & Simon’s reactions were probably what bothered me most, they didn’t even try to hide the fact that they were pretty much giving her a pass for being a hot, naked, young girl.

  • Sophie Loubere

    Lola’s piece, I think, could have been typographically a lot more interesting than it was.  I also don’t think that it was that much of a confessional.  I don’t think it’s that big of a deal to write, “I occasionally lie and steal” on a piece simply because it’s so abstract.  Specific acts of things that she’s ashamed of would have had a lot more punch.  But I also don’t think that she thinks that any of those things are bad, simply that she knows that other people think they are bad.  She really needs to go. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jin-Ong/584903214 Jin Ong

    Ugh. Couldn’t they have limited the team aspect of the challenge to just immunity, and the chance of winning the entire challenge? I just hate how Young made one of the lowest tallies, with respect to sales, and yet he shares in the win and the cash prize.

  • Daralene Irwin

    Haha, I had no idea what “wifty” really meant. I love that UrbanDictionary cleared it up:

    1.     wifty
       
    Adjective, origin unknown. Flaky, space-cadet, but in a *nice* way. Not generally used outside the Philadelphia PA region.

  • Anonymous

    Amen brothers.  I can’t imagine why the producers/judges decided 4 hours was sufficient.  It was categorically not.  Shameful, horrible, crap.  What a disappointment.   Sara J really has no competition at this point.  Lola is pointless and talentless.  Young is widely overpraised.  He should received a beat down for those stupid underwear.  Dusty has good ideas sometimes, but not often enough.  Kymia could be the dark horse but her concepts are far more interesting than the actual pieces.  

  • Anonymous

    Lola=naked girl from 1st season.
    TLo hit the nail on the head- 

    Then again, we think the majority of the artists left simply don’t have the technical skill to produce on-the-fly portraits worth selling. Lola’d need an overhead projector to do it.
    so many “artists” these days are reliant on manipulating images rather than creating their own, it’s depressing.

  • http://twitter.com/drnels Nels P. Highberg

    It’s not all that unusual for street artists to also show in galleries.  One of the fun parts of the art fairs around Union Square and Washington Square Park is when they are also advertising their gallery show, and that show is where the bigger better stuff is.

    But I’m stunned no one took photographs.  The photographs at those art fairs always go first.