I heard that this show was in the makings over a year ago and was anticipating its arrival. I had this sinking feeling that this show was going to be nothing but a disaster, imagining mediocre artists from different backgrounds working in vastly different mediums with different levels of success and education, creating work based on a weak theme and then being judged by some of the art world's "greatest" art critics and gallery owners.
I wanted to begin giving my commentary along with each episode when it first began (but never got around to), which I will begin to now (it's never too late...right?) So, to quickly give an opinion of the remaining contestants, sorting them from favorite to least favorite:
1. Miles - the sort of "rebel" of the group that enjoys taking naps during most of the show because he's ADHD and an insomniac. He is probably the most creative out of the bunch. It is obvious that he's done his homework and that he can think way outside of the box...except the shock art episode. They all did very bad except Abdi.....
2. Abdi - the jovial, high energy guy who doesn't know much about art history (which is one of the essentials of being a great artist. You have to know what's been done to create work that hasn't been done and is compelling based on our time). His works are very thoughtful and creative. His skill comes from his technical abilities, understanding scale, composition, and medium.
3. Nicole - so creative. She knows material very well, seemingly having experimented with a wide variety of media. Her craftsmanship is great. She reminds me of Eva Hesse a bit.
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