I don’t suppose that this Bravo reality show competition will be viewed by swarms but by me it’s quirky enough to have me look in. Not that I am any artist though I do quite like to do paint-by-numbers. As for standing in a studied concentration before a painting/sculpture that to me makes no sense , chin in hand, brows furrowed…let’s just say this shall never be me. It does often give me smiles as the contenders on this series present their creations as required by the episode’s challenge. Silly me, I choose my favorite, which almost never wins the challenge. I also enjoy hearing the interpretations as done for us by the show’s judges. With this I often laugh right out loud for I seldom discern the “true” meaning of the art.
Bravo, Wednesday nights, 9p/8c, has a fairly predictable format. There’s the judges, the show’s host, the kind mentor who looks in on the contenders as they create, offering advice and encouragement. Every week a challenge is made and every week a contender is sent home. The competition started out with 14 contenders, as of this writing is now down to seven, and offers a prize of $14,000 plus a solo show for the winner at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
This past week the challenge had the 8 contenders left at the time forming pairs and charged with creating “street art” on four big bare walls provided to them. Yes this sort of thing used to be called graffiti but in this era of political correctness we now call it art.
Not that there’s anything wrong with this.
But if you’re going to condemn unoriginal and hackneyed, it don’t get much more like that than a circle of life offering. I don’t think it was very artistic or offered any original thought. Maybe a lecture on avoiding fathering unwanted children would have added to the dimension of an artistic offering so meant to be on display for passersby on the street.
Although I do think this offering was way better than the bottom two, I thought the artistic rendering of being torn by the roots to be much more, well, artistic, and original.
Still and so I do like to watch this series when I’m busy in the kitchen as, like most competitive reality shows of this sort, it’s really the ending, when the judges regard the completed entries and make their choice, that required viewer’s complete attention.