So, last night was 2009’s “Art vs Art” out at the Vogue. For those who may not know, Art vs Art is an annual event here in Indy. The idea is, one weekend artists come out and have 4 hours to complete a painting with provided materials. Then, those works are put online and are voted on, and a selection (16, I think) go on to the main event. At the main event, two paintings are chosen at a time, and the audience cheers and shouts for which one it likes best, and the winner (as measured by a digital decibel meter) goes on to the next round. The loser is placed in a workhorse while a giant wheel of awful deaths is spun. Before the death is carried out, the painting gets one last shot, and an on-the-spot auction is performed, with starting prices based on the round ($150, $250, $250, or $450). If no one saves it, it’s subject to being hacked with a clever, a chainsaw, smeared with shit, pummeled by a jack-hammer, etc…
"Judith Deheading Holofernes", Caravaggio
"The Beheading of Darth Vader," currently unknown
So, this was the first time I got to attend the main event. It was pretty fun, but I think the real fun is in being one of the artists, so next year I’ll be participating. There was an upset near the end when in the last round the darling of the show, a pop-culture homage to Caravaggio’s Judith Beheading Holofernes which became dubbed as The Beheading of Darth Vader lost to a very solid gothic piece the MC dubbed Bride of Frankenstein.
Things got a bit better afterwards, though. Despite its narrow loss, The Beheading of Darth Vader did find itself a buyer, and survived the night. The year’s grand prize winner, in a statement of what I assume was defiance (since she mumbled enough for it to be indiscernible from the audience), opted to try for more than the $3,500 prize,
"The Bride of Frankenstein", currently unknown
which meant letting her work risk death at the wheel. And so of course the wheel landed on “Instant Death” and the piece was artificially separated via chainsaw. C’est la vie.
Another painting died via Dirty Sanchez. Seriously. Latex glove, bucket of manure, and some stlylish gestures ended in one painting wearing a stankstache.
There were a few nice works, though I don’t yet know who to attribute them to. Find all of them on their site (at least at the time I’m writing this) at http://www.artvsart.com/, and some of my favorites or memorable ones after the jump.