The PussyCat Challenge

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The PussyCat Challenge
Curated by: Ted Meyer, Anna Stump

801 E 4th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90013
September 13th, 2013 - October 11th, 2013
Opening: September 13th, 2013 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

downtown/east la
Wed-Sat 1-6 and by appointment
boys vs girls, contest, prizes, animals, pussycat, pussy, sex, cats, figurative, landscape, modern, pop, surrealism, traditional, digital, graffiti/street-art, video-art, sculpture, photography, mixed-media, installation, performance, conceptual

"The PussyCat Challenge" is a satirical group exhibition at Art Share L.A. Curators Ted Meyer and Anna Stump invited more than 50 artists from Southern California to create artworks based on the theme of the pussycat, in a range of media from painting to photography to sculpture.

The exhibition playfully explores the concept of Art Show as Sporting Event. The artists have been divided into two teams, men vs. women. The curators chose the theme of “pussycat” to see how individual artists would respond conceptually, and how teams overall would tend (sexual or animal).

A panel of judges will score each artwork based on their own criteria. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team and individual artworks, including “Best in Show,” “Thickest Fur,” and “Fattest Cat.” Judges will include a veterinarian, a cat rescuer, a gynecologist, a sexologist, and various “Artworld Dignitaries.” All judging sheets will be made public. Viewers of the exhibition will also be invited to fill out their own scorecards.

The quality of visual art is generally considered based on personal preference—we “know good art when we see it.” However, successful Art depends on much more than the object. Making it as an artist depends on a complicated and seemingly arbitrary set of rules and hierarchies, including who you are, who you know, your education, your background, your usefulness, etc. Certain opinions in the Artworld matter much more than others. “The PussyCat Challenge” attempts to poke fun at this system by allowing non-Artworld judges to award prizes, making judging transparent, and acknowledging the absurdity of ranking works of art as if pigs at the county fair.