Voting Begins In The Blurt Art Contest.Posted: December 27, 2011
Back in the late 1940’s, I decided to have an art contest. I wanted to keep the nation’s morale up. Tapping the creativity I could see in my neighbors seemed like the best way to keep the optimism of the post war period growing into the 1950’s.
Alright, look, here is the truth. I thought it would be cool to have an art contest to find a header image for the blog. I did it because I had bought a Justin Bieber toothbrush as a prize for a contest, but I didn’t really have a contest in mind. The art contest was perfect, because I am completely lacking anything that you’d consider as artistic competence, and because I wanted to dress things up a bit around here.
I got entries from all over…England, Japan, New Jersey and other less exotic places. But I never really got around to wrapping the contest up. I just kept writing stuff. Writing and writing and writing.
Now, in the last week of the year, I am going to wrap the contest up and award the coveted Bieber Brush to the deserving artist.
The Method Of Judging: What It Was, What It Shall Be
A few weeks ago, I met with a group of friends who I will refer to as the distinguished panel of judges. These are people who’ve done nothing to earn that title beyond publicly admitting that they know who I am. They have not done much in the way of art, though all had painted things like interior walls and trim in their homes.
The distinguished panel deliberated for several hours and whittled the entries down to four semi-finalists. Those semi-finalists will be trimmed to two finalists by your votes. On Thursday, the two winners of the semi-finals will compete in a full contact, no rules, no holds barred art battle for your vote and The Bieber Brush. Two artists will enter the finals, only one will exit (with The Bieber Brush).
If You Please
While it is true that there can be only one winner, I hope that I can count on all the semi-finalists to adhere to a pledge of non-violence during and after this event. Additionally, I’d like there to be no violence between the supporters of any of the artists in the running, unless it is really over the top slapstick kind of stuff with folks getting bonked with big mallets and such.
Also, though this contest will be driven to resolution by votes, I would be very disappointed to find out that any of the candidates (or their supporters) had yard signs printed or engaged in spreading scurrilous rumors about one another. Please, let’s leave that to the dishonorable sorts who make their living through politics.
Let’s move on and look at our semi-finalists.
Hippie created a photo entry using a scrabble board, some of the topics I’ve covered on the blog, and the Gigantor character.
Ross brought together blocks and balloons for another photographic entry that depicts the name and concept of the blog.
Jane built her entry by shining a light on many of the key concepts that I’ve written about over the course of the blog.
Brooke went with the robot concept and created this arm carefully plucking the blog title.
Vote! It is what the founding fathers would have wanted you to do. I’m not sure why I’m qualified to say that, but I’m at least as qualified as anyone else is.