Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Iron Artist

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For those of you who are fans of the "Iron Chef" here is an article from the New York Post about the "Iron Arist". I could see my old prof. J pulling this off in his class.

Olav Westphalen, second from left, and his team won at "Iron Artist" at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center.A boisterous crowd filled the arena to cheer two pairs of sparring contenders, as two announcers egged on the spectators and a panel of four stone-faced judges assessed the competition before deciding on the winners.
"Iron Artist," a competition that placed New York artists in an intense but good-natured rivalry on Saturday afternoon. It was loosely modeled after, and parodied, the television series "Iron Chef."
Like the contestants on "Iron Chef," who create multicourse meals based on a single ingredient, the artists were given a broad theme and asked to interpret it with help from teams of assistants, mostly art students. The judges then scored the works based on originality, execution and responsiveness to theme.
The two-hour show, billed as "an absurdist multimedia spectacle of competitive, real-time art making," drew more than 1,400 people who laughed, applauded and groaned through the event. Dozens watched from the windows and even the roof of the museum's Romanesque Revival building.The event compressed the process of making and interpreting art into a frenzy of activity.

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