Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wednesday Night in Stuyvesant Town: Summer Art Battles Jam at The Stuy Town Oval

After leaving Lincoln Center, we hopped on the subway (1 to Times Square, Q to Union Square, L to First Avenue) and made it to Stuyvesant Town to watch the final hour of tonight's Summer Art Battles jam at the Oval.

Four young artists duked it out obstage in a Realistic vs. Abstract competition.

The beats of drums and other instruments, as well as the music of DJ Stephan, provided the soundtrack for the evening.

There were also full-on dance performances by four hyperenergetic young dancers and some of the (nonprofessional) younger members of the big crowd gathered on the grass.

The four artists, armed with creativity and encouraged by dancers and the energy of the crowd, had a total of two hours to create a piece of art based on the theme of Gaia (Greek mythology for Mother Earth). They all had canvases of the same size to work on, the two realists on the audience's left, the abstract artists on the right.

At the end, the audience decided the champion, who will be given a one-person exhibit at the Stuy Town Oval Lounge, by applause.

First we voted among the two paintings in the categories of realist and abstract.

Finally we applauded again to determine the final winner, this happy abstract expressionist.

It was a fun night.

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