MTV has made the process of painting look cool, with their “Art Battles” show. Here’s what it is..
“Art Battles is a live-art competition where artists create work side- by-side in front of a live audience. For six years Art Battles have been a platform for talented artists to showcase their skills in and around NYC in a most unique setting and under tremendous pressure to perform. There’s no time to sleep on your ideas, no chance to mull the nuance of each brush stroke. No, with Art Battles, time is as much of the essence as is inspiration and talent.” MTV
There’s a video of it online here and you can vote for your favorite artist here. I voted for Ben Angotti.
It’s everything that being an artist isn’t, but that’s fine with me. It’s hard to make artists look interesting as creating a painting isn’t much of a spectator sport. It’s fun for the artist creating the work, but I doubt an artist would ever sell many tickets if he began painting on stage.
Update: Here’s the Art Battles website online.
Ben from Art Battles also had this to say about the events..
“We have been and will continue to do many shows around the NYC area. The purpose is two-fold to me to challenge the artist by taking them out of the comfort of their studios, and put them on stage in competition. Secondly it is to give emerging artists some needed exposure. The shows are far more entertaining than you might imagine, with notable MC’s, musicians and street performers to supplement the artists painting live.”