I have been seeing a sponsored link on my Facebook page from an art auction company called Paddle 8. I was intrigued and checked out their site. It was full of contemporary art one could bid for online. Sort of like a high end artsy ebay.
However upon further investigation I was amazed at how ugly and ridiculous the art was. Seriously. Yet, all of this rubbish was being praised and described in such lofty attributes, I for a moment thought the Onion had taken of Paddle 8.
Example on one piece of ‘art’, the description reads “Succo’s contemporary take on abstraction is grounded in a desire to see patterns emerge through repeated gestural activity. Working in a limited, nearly monochromatic palette, the trace of the artist’s hand becomes the principal agent of expression. Here, in “UNTITLED [RB#1]” cyclical flourishes dance over an icy, blue-grey surface of lacquer and oil paint.” WTF does that even mean? Either way, the starting price is….wait for it……$9,000.00! LOLOLOL
Here is what their trying to pawn off as art. (and they will probably succeed.)
This actually looks like my drop cloth.
Anyway, I thought I would try an experiment and submit a piece of my abstract art for consideration to be auctioned off at Paddle 8.
I submitted with a lofty description of how I use found medium to convey a sense of sustainability in the pieces. I incorporate acrylic, oil, gold leaf and objects for a textured and layered visage. I thought this description conveyed the proper pretentiousness for my experiment.
However, since I’m not a ‘listed’ artist, I was rejected with a curt, but polite email.
For a moment I was slightly hurt, but then again, I realized the rejection might possibly be a compliment.
Anyway, I thought I would see if my readers could tell the difference between which one I submitted and which ones are actually up for sale at this very moment for thousands of dollars.
Here goes. Which of these four paintings are being sold on Paddle 8 for thousands of dollars and which one is hanging in my bathroom.
Here are the links to see if you answered correctly.