Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Play-In Artist SubTournament: Phase 2, Flight 1

It's our first foray into Phase 2 Action!
  1. In Phase 2, you may cast votes for up to TWO artists.  
    • Yes, it will be harder than Phase 1 was.  Democratically driven art criticism is not for the faint of heart.
    • One vote per artist per person.  None of this "both of my votes for X" business.
  2. Since Phase 2 artists have already been granted something resembling a consensus blessing of the IAT community, courteous and affirmative voting -- although always in excellent taste -- is no longer mandatory.
  3. Of these seven artists, two will survive to play in the Big Leagues of the main tournament.  Full rules, procedures, and anticipated timeline for the Play-In SubTournament are available on the Play-In SubTournament page.

Phase 2, Flight 1 will be open until October 25.

#3 Remedios Varo
1908 - 1963
Spanish; worked in Mexico

Finished First in Phase 1, Flight 3, with a voting score of .917.

#9 "The Mysterious Book Artist of Scotland" (almost certainly Su Blackwell)
b. 1975

Finished First in Phase 1, Flight 6, with a voting score of .800.

#14 Ansel Adams
1902 - 1984

Tied for First in Phase 1, Flight 4, with a voting score of .733.

#22 Theo Jansen
born 1948

Finished Second in Phase 1, Flight 5, with a voting score of .692.

#25 Giovanni di Paolo
c. 1403-1482

Tied for Third in Phase 1, Flight 10, with a voting score of .636.

#35 Charles A. A. Dellschau
1830 - 1923
Prussian-born American

Tied for Third in Phase 1, Flight 1, with a voting score of .533.

#40 Baptiste Debombourg
? (contemporary)
probably French

Tied for Third in Phase 1, Flight 9, with a voting score of .455.

Vote for up to two artists! Votes go in the comments. Commentary and links to additional work are welcome. This poll will be open for approximately one and a half months past posting.


Christine M. said...

Remedios Varo and Scottish Book Artist

pfly said...

Varo, yes!'ll be conservative and say Ansel Adams.

Morgan said...

Holy crap this one is difficult!

Uh... Varo is a given for my first choice, but then there's a bunch for second choice. I like di Paolo, Jansen, Adams, and the Book Artist in particular. Each evokes a different emotion, which makes it like comparing apples to oranges if that weren't a particularly easy comparison (oranges, definitely).

I am really having a hard time here. I think my favorites of the four are Book Artist and di Paolo, but that is as far as deliberations have gotten me. I think I'll go with Book Artist because of the little people and because the art is different in an interesting way.

In conclusion, Varo and Book Artist get my votes.

Anonymous said...

I do like Debombourg but ...

the mysterious (or not so-) book artist does lovely work, and yet ...

I am very much drawn to the second neck-licking evanescent-shape-shiftin Varo, however ...

the crystal clarity of Ansel Adams will get my vote this time, along with the semisentient creatures assembled (birthed?) by Jansen.

And this is Elizabeth again (or will be, depending on which order you read these comments) commenting from France under an assumed identity. You never know when the NSA will add "abstruse art and ephemera sites" to its list of things to keep track of.

mrs.5000 said...

I'm going with Theo Jansen's animalcules. I'll recommend a YouTube gander for anyone who wants to get a sense of them in motion. And with the marvelous Giovanni di Paolo.

lamanyana said...

Varo & di Paolo

Nichim said...

Jansen and Adams. I'm so overexposed to Adams in contrast to the rest of these artists, but, well, his pictures are freaking amazing. And I wouldn't vote for Jansen without having previously seen videos of his work, but since I have, well, there you go. I've made up my mind, I guess.

Chuckdaddy said...

I thought this would be harder. I'll go for Ansel Adams and the cosmic Renaissance of Paolo.

Michael5000 said...

By email: "I choose Ansel Adams & Theo Jansen."

Michael5000 said...

And somehow I missed this one. Giovanni di Paolo fur shur, what with the cosmic Renaissance, and lets go with Remedios Varo secondly.

UnwiseOwl said...

Varo is VERY good, but I'm going to go for Jansen and di Paolo...feeling perverse tonight, and I never can turn down a pope taking money from the devil.

Candida said...

Varo and the Mysterious Book Artist for me, please. But this is a very sad vote against some other favorites... the Jansen kinetic sculptures are amazing, in particular.

Michael5000 said...

Wow, there's not quite as much separation with the Phase 2 flights as might be convenient.

Here's what's for sure: Remedios Varo is heading to the big show, having won the flight outright with a .500 rating.

Also, Dellschau and Debombourg make their farewell bows, having failed to garner any votes, and .300 isn't enough to advance the Mysterious Ms. Blackwell, either.

Here's what's NOT for sure: what to do with Ansel Adams, Theo Jansen, and Giovanni di Paolo, all locked up in second place. In an earlier version of the rules, I had it that in the event of a tie, the Phase 1 result would be the tiebreaker. If that were true, Ansel Adams would take it -- but I didn't include a tiebreak mechanism, because I didn't want to invite gamesmanship. So for now, Adams, Jansen, and Giovanni di Paolo are all still "live" in some form. We might have to have a Phase 3 to figure it out.