On Monday afternoon at 1109 Gallery on Mass. Street we joined some of LFK's most esteemed art critics (such as the I Heart Local Music gang and the host of The Not So Late Show) to make our choices for the first cuts of mARTchmadness, an important new art show modeled (obviously) on the NCAA tournament. The official opening is this Wednesday, March 27, 5:00-9:00, where you'll be able to see all the entries on display and vote on your own favorites, with the next round to follow on Final Friday. The first cuts will be announced around 7:00 on Wednesday. There will be a keg on hand to increase your art fervor or drown your sorrows if you didn't make the cut. Visit the FB event page here.
Readers let us tell you that it wasn't easy helping to pare the 64 entries down to 32 for the first round. Below are some insights into our own voting process [Note to sensitive artist-types: the commentary may--or may not--reflect the "real-life" votes we cast].
Chip began the judging session with this assertion: "I don't know much about art, but I know what I like. And what I like are works involving naked women, cute animals, and/or PBR." He then vowed to keep anything with these elements in it, but soon found himself in a quandary with a match-up involving...two pieces with naked women:
Chip: "Tough choice, but ultimately I'm more of a boob than an ass man. Also, I enjoy things that are in color."
Not unlike Chip, The Not So Late Show's Mike Anderson also found himself enthralled with some of the ladies on display.
We certainly tried to keep anything involving cats (and there were more than a few) because we find them especially adorable. This one, featuring a cat with a woman's body, was a no-brainer:
Another tough match-up was one of BARRR's continuing series of reworked covers of classic albums vs...a photograph of LFK-legend Dennis and his beloved Sheryl. The Dennis photograph, with its snowy backdrop, is a powerful statement about warmth and protection but finally we had to go with BARRR's piece. After all, it's The Doors with basketballs for heads, for fuck's sake!
And this one? Well, we simply found this one to be erotic.
Let's conclude with a transcript (below the painting) of our discussion of Leo Hayden's portrait of a young girl and her basketball.
Richard: "Leo's piece is surprisingly more grim than it first seems and, indeed, functions as a commentary on how childhood innocence is simultaneously an inexorable "march" into the maelstrom (or "madness," if you will) of modern life, represented here by the cracked floors and the little girl's (brave) facing of the dark future that lies ahead. I cried a little."
Chip: "Her purple basketball is pretty cute!"
See you at the gallery.