The AFC Work of Art Supplementary Program Guide

by Art Fag City on June 8, 2010 · 86 comments Events



Who’s excited about the premiere of Bravo’s newest reality show Work of Art? The contest pits 15 artists against one another for a prize of $100,000 and a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum. It airs tomorrow at 11, and here at AFC we can’t wait!

Naturally we’ve been doing a bit of research on the contestants, and have found Bravo’s art bios aren’t answering all our questions. What is the pre-existing art world credibility of their contestants? How good is their art? How will their personalities effect the show? We can only speculate on the latter, but we’ve put together our own custom biographies evaluating each contestants “cred” by providing work evaluations, career highlights, character assessments, and of course typecast names. Click on the images below for each contestant’s write up!

Miles Mendenhall - Token OCD Guy Judith Braun – The Sage Ryan Shultz – Hipster Lifestyle Artist
Mark Velasquez – Mr. Creepy Nice Guy Nao Bustamante - The Provocateur Erik Johnson – The Untrained Artist
Jaime Lynn Henderson – The Boyfriend Obsessed Christian Peregrine Honig – The New Age Consumer Trong Nguyen – The Robot
Jaclyn Santos – Post Feminist Wanna-be John Parot – Token Gay Guy Amanda Williams – The Professor
Abdi Farah – The Christian Nicole Nadeau – The Girl Who Starts Random Dance Parties at Bars
  • http://jessepatrickmartin.blogspot.com/ Jesse P. Martin

    Didn’t you call me “rough” not too long ago in regards to gang WANGA? The subtext of at least half of your editorialized bios are that they should throw themselves off of cliffs (or in front of trucks)! Metaphorically, of course.

  • http://jessepatrickmartin.blogspot.com/ Jesse P. Martin

    Didn’t you call me “rough” not too long ago in regards to gang WANGA? The subtext of at least half of your editorialized bios are that they should throw themselves off of cliffs (or in front of trucks)! Metaphorically, of course.

  • http://jessepatrickmartin.blogspot.com/ Jesse P. Martin

    Didn’t you call me “rough” not too long ago in regards to gang WANGA? The subtext of at least half of your editorialized bios are that they should throw themselves off of cliffs (or in front of trucks)! Metaphorically, of course.

  • Ben C.

    Is it legal to set up a betting pool/AFC fundraiser?

    If so, $2 on Nao to win, place or show.

  • Ben C.

    Is it legal to set up a betting pool/AFC fundraiser?

    If so, $2 on Nao to win, place or show.

  • http://www.artfagcity.com Art Fag City

    Technically I only wrote 7 of the bios, interns Liza Eliano and Michelle Halabura wrote the others, and while I edited everything, I can’t take credit for their opinions (right as I think they are).

    Anyway, technically I only find Mark deeply troubling.

  • http://www.artfagcity.com Art Fag City

    Technically I only wrote 7 of the bios, interns Liza Eliano and Michelle Halabura wrote the others, and while I edited everything, I can’t take credit for their opinions (right as I think they are).

    Anyway, technically I only find Mark deeply troubling.

  • http://www.artfagcity.com Art Fag City

    @ben That is brilliant! It may well be illegal, but I like it anyway.

  • http://www.artfagcity.com Art Fag City

    Technically I only wrote 7 of the bios, interns Liza Eliano and Michelle Halabura wrote the others, and while I edited everything, I can’t take credit for their opinions (right as I think they are).

    Anyway, technically I only find Mark deeply troubling.

  • http://www.artfagcity.com Art Fag City

    @ben That is brilliant! It may well be illegal, but I like it anyway.

  • http://jessepatrickmartin.blogspot.com/ Jesse P. Martin

    Oh, “deeply troubling” is tremendously generous. He seems more a David LaChapelle wannabe who wants to shoot actual porn but can only make generic Vice-magazine-esque “misogyny” photos, all with the same numbing “high-quality” finish. His creepy cheerfulness is just your average fake-y “professionalism” covering up some fairly transparent self-loathing and general anger-at-the-world.

    Off the cliff. Metaphorically.

    Reality television’s sole purpose is to inspire schadenfreude.

  • http://jessepatrickmartin.blogspot.com/ Jesse P. Martin

    Oh, “deeply troubling” is tremendously generous. He seems more a David LaChapelle wannabe who wants to shoot actual porn but can only make generic Vice-magazine-esque “misogyny” photos, all with the same numbing “high-quality” finish. His creepy cheerfulness is just your average fake-y “professionalism” covering up some fairly transparent self-loathing and general anger-at-the-world.

    Off the cliff. Metaphorically.

    Reality television’s sole purpose is to inspire schadenfreude.

  • http://jessepatrickmartin.blogspot.com/ Jesse P. Martin

    Trong shall win, BECAUSE he’s a robot.

  • http://jessepatrickmartin.blogspot.com/ Jesse P. Martin

    Oh, “deeply troubling” is tremendously generous. He seems more a David LaChapelle wannabe who wants to shoot actual porn but can only make generic Vice-magazine-esque “misogyny” photos, all with the same numbing “high-quality” finish. His creepy cheerfulness is just your average fake-y “professionalism” covering up some fairly transparent self-loathing and general anger-at-the-world.

    Off the cliff. Metaphorically.

    Reality television’s sole purpose is to inspire schadenfreude.

  • http://jessepatrickmartin.blogspot.com/ Jesse P. Martin

    Trong shall win, BECAUSE he’s a robot.

  • http://www.artfagcity.com Art Fag City
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  • bluesky

    how fun, it'll be like a party at housing works as there recent incarnation channeling death.

  • bluesky

    how fun, it'll be like a party at housing works as there recent incarnation channeling death.

  • Ben C.

    I have no idea if this service is reputable or not….but might be the way to go. You just have to decide what percentage goes to the house. Think about it….this could mean DAYS of lunch money for your interns.

    http://www.betwps.com/main/index.cfm

  • Ben C.

    I have no idea if this service is reputable or not….but might be the way to go. You just have to decide what percentage goes to the house. Think about it….this could mean DAYS of lunch money for your interns.

    http://www.betwps.com/main/index.cfm

  • http://jessepatrickmartin.blogspot.com/ Jesse P. Martin

    The first link is childish (like, “it’s a color test but I wanna tap ‘dat ass, bro!”), which is just your run-of-the-mill lame machismo (and a dumb way of reminding any of his viewers who might think that being an artist is “gay” that he, in fact, isn’t). Being a total sexpot himself, he seems to find it necessary to constantly remind us how of into-the-ladies he is.

    From what I can tell, the second link is just him re-posting someone’s outrage at outraging statistics regarding rape, which I take to mean that he, too, finds these statistics outrageous. So, that one’s just really tautological. Actually, BOTH links are tautological. I guess that toothless, amateurish, “exploitative” photos of buxom women is shocking now.

  • http://jessepatrickmartin.blogspot.com/ Jesse P. Martin

    The first link is childish (like, “it’s a color test but I wanna tap ‘dat ass, bro!”), which is just your run-of-the-mill lame machismo (and a dumb way of reminding any of his viewers who might think that being an artist is “gay” that he, in fact, isn’t). Being a total sexpot himself, he seems to find it necessary to constantly remind us how of into-the-ladies he is.

    From what I can tell, the second link is just him re-posting someone’s outrage at outraging statistics regarding rape, which I take to mean that he, too, finds these statistics outrageous. So, that one’s just really tautological. Actually, BOTH links are tautological. I guess that toothless, amateurish, “exploitative” photos of buxom women is shocking now.

  • http://www.artfagcity.com Art Fag City

    Thanks Ben!

    @Jesse Sure. It’s all of his stuff combined I think that makes me a little nervous.

  • http://www.artfagcity.com Art Fag City

    Thanks Ben!

    @Jesse Sure. It’s all of his stuff combined I think that makes me a little nervous.

  • Sioban Lombardi

    Thank you for this sublime due diligence. I have no words, except that all is as I thought it would be. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • http://artandthinking@blogspot.com Sioban Lombardi

    Thank you for this sublime due diligence. I have no words, except that all is as I thought it would be. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • mike

    I think Jacyln may have R Shultz beat on bad photo-realism.

  • mike

    I think Jacyln may have R Shultz beat on bad photo-realism.

  • Dear

    Congratulations to Peregrine! Those of us that knew her in KC know that she’s been waiting all her life to be a television star. This is going to be BIG for her—think of the celebrity endorsements she can do for Dick Blick! You go, girl!

  • Dear

    Congratulations to Peregrine! Those of us that knew her in KC know that she’s been waiting all her life to be a television star. This is going to be BIG for her—think of the celebrity endorsements she can do for Dick Blick! You go, girl!

  • http://www.jessepatrickmartin.blogspot.com Jesse P. Martin

    @AFC: It’s all of this IQ’s-dropping-at-a-rapid-pace that’s making me nervous!

  • http://www.jessepatrickmartin.blogspot.com Jesse P. Martin

    @AFC: It’s all of this IQ’s-dropping-at-a-rapid-pace that’s making me nervous!

  • Moco

    But for us tv-less (and our slightly better-off cable-less friends), where can one find a public viewing of this trainwreck tomorrow?

  • Moco

    But for us tv-less (and our slightly better-off cable-less friends), where can one find a public viewing of this trainwreck tomorrow?

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  • robert

    hey paddy, with all your hype on this show, i was wondering if Wooster Collective is going to call you out on it and make a post stating that you are a paid publicist for the show. what do you think?

  • robert

    hey paddy, with all your hype on this show, i was wondering if Wooster Collective is going to call you out on it and make a post stating that you are a paid publicist for the show. what do you think?

  • robert

    hey paddy, with all your hype on this show, i was wondering if Wooster Collective is going to call you out on it and make a post stating that you are a paid publicist for the show. what do you think?

  • http://www.judithannbraun.com Judith Braun

    Well I am enjoying this tremendously. Letting you guys say some of what I bite my tongue on. But…As I said in previous threads I vouch only for myself. So in that regard…1) My website is NOT geared towards promoting this show, as I think was said somewhere. 2) It may not be iconic show like Bad Girls, but since my “re-entry” I do not sneeze at solo show at Galerie Conrads, or Paper Exhibition curated by Raimundas Malasauskas, or solo show at Fruit and Flower Deli, NY, or SOS 4.8 curated by Jota Castro in Spain, and just returned from installing at DUVE Berlin. And I will also (as humbly as possible) add that I just had a studio visit with Carolyn Cristov-Bakargiev, the curator for upcoming Documenta 13. OK??? So I think my credibility is doing pretty darn well….Thanks for the opportunity to tune it up! Judith

  • http://www.judithannbraun.com Judith Braun

    Well I am enjoying this tremendously. Letting you guys say some of what I bite my tongue on. But…As I said in previous threads I vouch only for myself. So in that regard…1) My website is NOT geared towards promoting this show, as I think was said somewhere. 2) It may not be iconic show like Bad Girls, but since my “re-entry” I do not sneeze at solo show at Galerie Conrads, or Paper Exhibition curated by Raimundas Malasauskas, or solo show at Fruit and Flower Deli, NY, or SOS 4.8 curated by Jota Castro in Spain, and just returned from installing at DUVE Berlin. And I will also (as humbly as possible) add that I just had a studio visit with Carolyn Cristov-Bakargiev, the curator for upcoming Documenta 13. OK??? So I think my credibility is doing pretty darn well….Thanks for the opportunity to tune it up! Judith

  • http://www.judithannbraun.com Judith Braun

    Well I am enjoying this tremendously. Letting you guys say some of what I bite my tongue on. But…As I said in previous threads I vouch only for myself. So in that regard…1) My website is NOT geared towards promoting this show, as I think was said somewhere. 2) It may not be iconic show like Bad Girls, but since my “re-entry” I do not sneeze at solo show at Galerie Conrads, or Paper Exhibition curated by Raimundas Malasauskas, or solo show at Fruit and Flower Deli, NY, or SOS 4.8 curated by Jota Castro in Spain, and just returned from installing at DUVE Berlin. And I will also (as humbly as possible) add that I just had a studio visit with Carolyn Cristov-Bakargiev, the curator for upcoming Documenta 13. OK??? So I think my credibility is doing pretty darn well….Thanks for the opportunity to tune it up! Judith

  • http://www.meinwelt-22.blogspot.com Caio Fernandes

    i ( sadly ) don't believe that with the art world the way it is , these guys , good artists or not , will have a good reception in the future .

    but .. hey ! can you blame an artist that is just trying to show its work in a market where any door never gets opened ?

    let then try in peace .

    what really scares me is the idea of a contest like this . transforming art production in a freak show for the masses .

    but all artists , in one way or other , have to pass by process of selections to have their works aproved . this is just one more . and one more time , as always , it is going to be ridiculous and unfair .

  • http://www.meinwelt-22.blogspot.com Caio Fernandes

    i ( sadly ) don't believe that with the art world the way it is , these guys , good artists or not , will have a good reception in the future .

    but .. hey ! can you blame an artist that is just trying to show its work in a market where any door never gets opened ?

    let then try in peace .

    what really scares me is the idea of a contest like this . transforming art production in a freak show for the masses .

    but all artists , in one way or other , have to pass by process of selections to have their works aproved . this is just one more . and one more time , as always , it is going to be ridiculous and unfair .

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      all with the same numbing “high-quality” finish. His creepy cheerfulness is just your average fake-y “professionalism” covering up some fairly transparent self-loathing and general anger-at-the-world.

  • http://www.meinwelt-22.blogspot.com Caio Fernandes

    i ( sadly ) don't believe that with the art world the way it is , these guys , good artists or not , will have a good reception in the future .

    but .. hey ! can you blame an artist that is just trying to show its work in a market where any door never gets opened ?

    let then try in peace .

    what really scares me is the idea of a contest like this . transforming art production in a freak show for the masses .

    but all artists , in one way or other , have to pass by process of selections to have their works aproved . this is just one more . and one more time , as always , it is going to be ridiculous and unfair .

  • http://www.meinwelt-22.blogspot.com Caio Fernandes

    as a matter of fact , this guys are going to give a HUGE contribuition to art word .

    the tv show is going to try to reforce the steriotypes .

    making the audience gets exausted of these images . what is good for real artists .

    hahah!! i am patheticly optimist and generous today .

    must to be the extra doses of green tea .

  • http://www.meinwelt-22.blogspot.com Caio Fernandes

    as a matter of fact , this guys are going to give a HUGE contribuition to art word .

    the tv show is going to try to reforce the steriotypes .

    making the audience gets exausted of these images . what is good for real artists .

    hahah!! i am patheticly optimist and generous today .

    must to be the extra doses of green tea .

  • http://www.meinwelt-22.blogspot.com Caio Fernandes

    as a matter of fact , this guys are going to give a HUGE contribuition to art word .

    the tv show is going to try to reforce the steriotypes .

    making the audience gets exausted of these images . what is good for real artists .

    hahah!! i am patheticly optimist and generous today .

    must to be the extra doses of green tea .

  • http://www.meinwelt-22.blogspot.com Caio Fernandes

    hey , why did you deleted all my comments .

    was i ofencive to you ?

    how ?

  • http://www.meinwelt-22.blogspot.com Caio Fernandes

    hey , why did you deleted all my comments .

    was i ofencive to you ?

    how ?

  • http://www.meinwelt-22.blogspot.com Caio Fernandes

    hey , why did you deleted all my comments .

    was i ofencive to you ?

    how ?

  • kiki

    @Moco, for new series Bravo will often post the first episode on their website or Hulu…

    http://www.bravotv.com/work-of-art
    http://www.hulu.com/work-of-art

    If not, I expect someone will post it to Sidereel: http://www.sidereel.com/Work_of_Art

  • kiki

    @Moco, for new series Bravo will often post the first episode on their website or Hulu…

    http://www.bravotv.com/work-of-art
    http://www.hulu.com/work-of-art

    If not, I expect someone will post it to Sidereel: http://www.sidereel.com/Work_of_Art

  • kiki

    @Moco, for new series Bravo will often post the first episode on their website or Hulu…

    http://www.bravotv.com/work-of-art
    http://www.hulu.com/work-of-art

    If not, I expect someone will post it to Sidereel: http://www.sidereel.com/Work_of_Art

  • http://vincenthawkins.blogspot.com/ vincent

    can’t wait for this to come to the UK so we can re inforce all those lovely juicy stereotypes … where would we be without them ?

  • http://vincenthawkins.blogspot.com/ vincent

    can’t wait for this to come to the UK so we can re inforce all those lovely juicy stereotypes … where would we be without them ?

  • Howard Halle

    After viewing tonight’s episode, I can assure everyone that it will provide much-needed comic relief for the art world—and if you can’t figure out who’s the first to get bum-rushed off the island in say, two minutes, I heartily recommend a trip to Lenscrafters. Also, found this YouTube of the babelicious, if post-feminist, Ms Santos endorsing her dentist. As they say, let a smile be your umbrella: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryOD9zCNut0

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  • Howard Halle

    After viewing tonight’s episode, I can assure everyone that it will provide much-needed comic relief for the art world—and if you can’t figure out who’s the first to get bum-rushed off the island in say, two minutes, I heartily recommend a trip to Lenscrafters. Also, found this YouTube of the babelicious, if post-feminist, Ms Santos endorsing her dentist. As they say, let a smile be your umbrella: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryOD9zCNut0

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  • Patrick

    If only the judges had a little bit of the diversity of the contestants…

  • Patrick

    If only the judges had a little bit of the diversity of the contestants…

  • Patrick

    If only the judges had a little bit of the diversity of the contestants…

  • http://www.jacobpongratz.com PONGRATZ

    Can they cancel a show one episode in?

    PONGRATZ

  • http://www.jacobpongratz.com PONGRATZ

    Can they cancel a show one episode in?

    PONGRATZ

  • Ben C.

    Come on, this PONGRATZ, this was way more entertaining than Celebrity Apprentice. Clown Palette on Easel Guy could very well be the next Bob Ross.

  • Ben C.

    Come on, this PONGRATZ, this was way more entertaining than Celebrity Apprentice. Clown Palette on Easel Guy could very well be the next Bob Ross.

  • Ben C.

    Woops…missed the new post….sweet.

  • Ben C.

    Woops…missed the new post….sweet.

  • http://www.ianaleksanderadams.com Ian Aleksander Adams

    You don’t have to approve this comment, but on this bio:
    http://www.artfagcity.com/nao-bustamante-a-supplementary-biography/#respond

    There is a typo. “Losing site” should be “losing sight”

    I do that one all the time… too much talking about websights.

  • http://www.ianaleksanderadams.com Ian Aleksander Adams

    You don’t have to approve this comment, but on this bio:
    http://www.artfagcity.com/nao-bustamante-a-supplementary-biography/#respond

    There is a typo. “Losing site” should be “losing sight”

    I do that one all the time… too much talking about websights.

  • http://www.ianaleksanderadams.com Ian Aleksander Adams

    You don’t have to approve this comment, but on this bio:
    http://www.artfagcity.com/nao-bustamante-a-supplementary-biography/#respond

    There is a typo. “Losing site” should be “losing sight”

    I do that one all the time… too much talking about websights.

  • http://jaimelynnhenderson.com Jaime Lynn Henderson

    Get excited for episode 2 tonight at 10 EST! The drama WILL begin to unfold. I can say that, after seeing myself reduced to about three pitiful soundbites last episode, my HOPE is that the editing will begin to showcase the many thoughtful conversations we had amongst each other both with the judges and with each other. This show will be a blast to watch as long as all of you remember first and foremost: it is a REALITY TV SHOW first…an art-ish show second. It is extremely edited to tell specific, easy-to-digest, cookie-cutter stories about each of us. Of course we all KNOW that…but we often forget what a miniscule snippet we’re seeing about a contestant. For a full length of my reaction to Episode 1, please visit http://jaimelynnhenderson.com/#/blog/4541630472. Have fun tonight! Remember, it starts at 10 instead of 11!

  • http://jaimelynnhenderson.com Jaime Lynn Henderson

    Get excited for episode 2 tonight at 10 EST! The drama WILL begin to unfold. I can say that, after seeing myself reduced to about three pitiful soundbites last episode, my HOPE is that the editing will begin to showcase the many thoughtful conversations we had amongst each other both with the judges and with each other. This show will be a blast to watch as long as all of you remember first and foremost: it is a REALITY TV SHOW first…an art-ish show second. It is extremely edited to tell specific, easy-to-digest, cookie-cutter stories about each of us. Of course we all KNOW that…but we often forget what a miniscule snippet we’re seeing about a contestant. For a full length of my reaction to Episode 1, please visit http://jaimelynnhenderson.com/#/blog/4541630472. Have fun tonight! Remember, it starts at 10 instead of 11!

  • http://jaimelynnhenderson.com Jaime Lynn Henderson

    Get excited for episode 2 tonight at 10 EST! The drama WILL begin to unfold. I can say that, after seeing myself reduced to about three pitiful soundbites last episode, my HOPE is that the editing will begin to showcase the many thoughtful conversations we had amongst each other both with the judges and with each other. This show will be a blast to watch as long as all of you remember first and foremost: it is a REALITY TV SHOW first…an art-ish show second. It is extremely edited to tell specific, easy-to-digest, cookie-cutter stories about each of us. Of course we all KNOW that…but we often forget what a miniscule snippet we’re seeing about a contestant. For a full length of my reaction to Episode 1, please visit http://jaimelynnhenderson.com/#/blog/4541630472. Have fun tonight! Remember, it starts at 10 instead of 11!

  • melvin

    Am i the only person surprised by the fact that there are grown adults are making such bad work? think about the message being sent!!!

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  • melvin

    Am i the only person surprised by the fact that there are grown adults are making such bad work? think about the message being sent!!!

  • melvin

    Am i the only person surprised by the fact that there are grown adults are making such bad work? think about the message being sent!!!

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