The final episode of Bravo’s “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist” airs tonight. Put off by too many calculating and narcissistic contestants, my partner has forced me to wake up early and watch it alone on my DVR. I’ll be kind of relieved to see it end, too … and I’m too invested in the series to drop it at this point.
I’m still not over the treatment Mark Velasquez, who was treated so disrespectfully by his more lofty rivals. Today he provided a link to a story about him in his local newspaper. An interesting “local angle” on his life. And I swear he’s picking up on an earlier post on this blog when he describes his take on the art world (emphasis mine):
On “Work of Art,” he said, “I was really reminded of the cliquishness of the art world, saying it’s high-minded when it’s just a popularity contest. People forget that these are human beings with their own motives for judging or making work.”
I knew he works as a fry cook, but here I learned that it’s at his parents’ restaurant, which appears to be something of a fixture in Santa Maria. So I Googled it, found their MySpace page, and found another interesting example of Mark’s artistic output. I wonder if that’s his Dad in the background. I’m pretty sure the woman in the foreground ain’t his sister.