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Exit Interview: ABN Chats with Nicole

August 6, 2010

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The five remaining contestants ventured into the wilderness on Wednesday’s episode aptly titled “Natural Talents,” where the gang was charged with drawing inspiration from their surroundings and incorporating elements from the woods into their pieces.

The judges never connected with Nicole’s “Mic Mac” piece (check out this un-aired video with more insight into the piece) and voted her and Jaclyn off the show, setting up the finale with Abdi, Miles and Peregrine.

In this Q&A, Nicole defends her highly personal piece, talks about her vacation in Italy where she will have dinner with a former “WOA” contestant, and shares just a morsel of information about her friendship with Miles.

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Episode 9: “Natural Talents”

August 6, 2010

In episode 9, the remaining five artists left bustling New York City to the quiet refuge of a nature preserve. They drew inspiration from their surroundings–exploring the landscape and gathering natural materials to incorporate into their piece.

What did you think about Wednesday’s episode? Post your comments here!

The ABN editors share their thoughts here:

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Episode 9 Preview

August 2, 2010

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Hello, fellow “Work of Art” watchers!

The next episode of Bravo’s new reality show airs at 9 p.m. CST August 4. Check back here at the beginning of the show for a live chat with Art Business News editors as the episode unfolds.

Here’s what’s in store:

“NATURAL TALENTS”
The remaining four artists head out of bustling New York City to the quiet refuge of a nature preserve. Here, they are invited to draw inspiration from their surroundings – exploring the landscape and gathering natural materials to incorporate into their piece. Michele Oka Doner, who specializes in creating art based on nature, serves as guest judge.

Exit Interview: ABN Chats with Mark

July 30, 2010

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In an episode that gave viewers plenty to discuss, the judges eliminated fan favorite Mark Velasquez from the cast that is suddenly down to five contestants in the show’s final weeks.

The episode, titled “Opposites Attract,” featured three pairs of artists who created works about opposing forces: Heaven vs. Hell (Peregrine and Mark), Male vs. Female (Jaclyn and Miles) and Order vs. Chaos (Nicole and Abdi).

From the onset, it was obvious to viewers that Mark and Peregrine struggled to combine their visions into their “Heaven and Hell” project. It was a particularly revealing project as Mark reluctantly agreed to photograph himself, thus exposing a long abdominal scar from a serious stomach surgery many years ago.

In the end, the judges deemed “Heaven and Hell” as too obvious, under-developed and lacking imagination.

When asked about his graceful exit from the show, Mark responded matter-of-factly: “I’ve gotten a lot of really great, supportive comments from people saying, ‘Wow, you really handled yourself well’ and ‘You are so mature, so professional.’ But to me, ‘Why would I not be professional and mature? Isn’t this the real world? Aren’t we all adults? Why wouldn’t you handle yourself with the utmost strength of character?”

It wasn’t all bad for Mark, though. He survived into the show’s final weeks and gained national exposure for his photography. Plus, he spent time talking about his “Heaven and Hell” piece with actress and “Closer” star Kyra Sedgwick.

In this Q&A, Mark shares his thoughts on “Heaven and Hell,” his time on reality television and the new friends he made on the show.

-interview by Gabriel Kiley, ABN Managing Editor

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Episode 8: “Opposites Attract”

July 30, 2010

In Episode 8, the artists were challenged to clearly communicate two opposing themes while telling one cohesive story in teams of two people.

What did you think about Wednesday’s episode? Post your comments here!

The ABN editors share their thoughts here:

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Episode 8 Preview

July 27, 2010

Hello, fellow “Work of Art” watchers!

The next episode of Bravo’s new reality show airs at 9 p.m. CST July 28. Check back here at the beginning of the show for a live chat with Art Business News editors as the episode unfolds.

Here’s what’s in store:

“OPPOSITES ATTRACT”
The artists are paired and must create works about opposing forces: Heaven and Hell, Male and Female, Order and Chao. New York artist notorious for his graphic paintings, Ryan McGinnes, sits on the judging panel.

Exit Interview: ABN Chats With Ryan

July 26, 2010

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With his all-American good looks, raw talent and unmistakable laugh, Ryan was arguably one of the most well-liked “Work of Art” contestants. Up until his final project, Ryan had won the hearts of audiences and befriended several of his fellow contestants, yet continued to struggle creatively, leaving the judges indifferent or underwhelmed with his work. After creating what was deemed a mound of child-like art by the judges, Ryan met his artistic fate, leaving many sad to see him go.

So what has this Chicago-based oil painter been up to since his time on “Work of Art?” Continuing to teach and mentor aspiring artists and following his dream of establishing himself as a realistic oil painter, Ryan has begun to make his mark in the Chicago art scene. Straying from the blog-o-sphere and other social mediums, Ryan is a young man with an old-school approach of what it means to gain recognition as an artist. He may not be a maverick with child’s art supplies, but is making a name for himself as an oil painter, a medium which Ryan continues to explore and master as an artist.

Here, Ryan opens up to ABN about life after “Work of Art,” why he thought his final piece should not have lost and what he does in his spare time.

-interview by Marylyn Simpson, ABN Contributing Writer

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