Friday, September 24, 2010

Broad Ripple Gazette, vol 7 no 19

Art vs. Art
Friday, September 24, 2010
The Vogue
6259 N. College Avenue
8:00, $12 advance/$15 day of show, 21+

Are you a fan of art, chain saws, boxing matches, witty banter, audience participation, deciding fate by the spin of the wheel, punk rock and general mayhem? I can’t be the only one… Art vs. Art is a raucous and fun art show with a twist. And the twist is a big one!

Last weekend 134 artists gathered at City Market, were given a canvas and paints and just a few hours to create a masterpiece. The paintings are all online ( to be voted on – now is your chance to be an art critic in the privacy of your own cubicle. The top 32 vote getters will be on display at the Vogue. Balloting that night will determine the top 16. The other 16 will be offered for sale for $100. The rest will be for sale for $50. It’s not as confusing as I just made it out to be – the bottom line is that you walk out of the Vogue with a great piece of original art for $50 or $100 – the artists get 70%.

The top 16 paintings are randomly paired on stage and voted on by audience cheering – the decibel meter has the final say. The winner moves on to the next round. The loser is subjected to the Wheel of Death. A spin determines the fate of the canvas – past year’s methods have included chain sawing, pizza making and black paint. You can spare the art by buying the painting from the audience.

The Grand Prize is $4000, a title belt and a whole lot of bragging rights.

If this is not enough excitement for the evening the iconic Zero Boys will after the art competition. The Zero Boys started in 1979 in Bloomington and blew the minds of legions of us Midwestern kids with their hardcore, but surprisingly accessible songs. They were literally singing our song – the frustrations of being an outsider, not fitting in and being generally disgusted with the world we were living in.

This evening promises to be epic. I just wish I could still squeeze into to my old Viscous Circle tee shirt. I’ll be the only dancing wildly in the front.

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