Work of Art: Public Displays of Affectation

Well, no one saw that coming. Except me. And probably everyone else. Erik is gone, and just in case his all-around suckitude and very specific lack of talent weren’t enough, the producers and editors really made sure to amp up the tension between him and Miles there at the end. Adios, Erik. I bet you were fun to get high with in high school.

This week’s challenge was public art, and the guest judge was Yvonne Force Villareal, known to many Texas art-watchers as the woman who made that offhand comment about cowboys to the New York Times when discussing Prada Marfa, which isn’t really in Marfa, but anyway, dum dum, that particular sculpture has grown on me over the years, since now it’s just a cool roadside attraction like The Thing or the Cabazon Dinosaurs instead of a shiny new art statement.

So what did the two groups of contestants create? A geometric nothing, which critic Jerry Salz correctly characterized as "the kind of art that gives art a bad name," and a wooden contraption that brought to mind a question mark but no meaningful questions.

I’d rather not choose between the two, and I don’t have to, thanks to a nifty little iPhone app called Is This Art? that does the work for you. Using pictures taken of the Bravo website, the app yielded the following results:


 

Hmm… I still don’t know where we stand. But speaking of Richard Prince, I also input a rephotograph of Erik, and geez, it looks like you can do anything with an iPhone these days.

 

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