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'Work of Art' recap: Two are booted in final elimination round

December 15, 2011 | 11:04 am


"Work of Art" on Bravo entered its final elimination round on Wednesday, booting two contestants in advance of the climactic showdown set for next week's season finale. In Wednesday's episode, the remaining five hopefuls hopped aboard the Metro North train for a quick jaunt to the hamlet of Cold Spring, N.Y., where they were challenged to find subjects for a portrait

Nerves were clearly on edge this week as the contestants contemplated their TV mortality. But there was also a whiff of sentimentality in the air -- a few misty eyes and and an impromptu dance in the art studio brought home the finality of it all. Sniff.

The cold reality of elimination seemed to inspire some of the strongest work in weeks. Sara struck gold by finding a local fireman who has worked for more than 50 years. Her portrait of him was an unconventional diptych that used aluminum to create an abstract likeness.

Dusty used brightly colored candy pieces to create a portrait of young girl he met on the town's main street. The candy started falling off his artwork during the presentation period, but the raining sweets didn't seem to bother the judges, who thought it actually enhanced the piece.

Young -- who has been the one to beat all season -- took a meta approach by choosing to portray a local artist who had created a portrait of Young. Lola attempted something even more unconventional -- a non-figurative portrait of local collectors who gave her an old $5 bill.

(Spoiler alert: Stop reading now if you don't want to know who won and who was eliminated in the  episode.)

Going home are Dusty and Lola, both of whom failed to impress the judges, which this week included celebrity portraitist Richard Phillips. Lola, who lives in L.A., has been the most aggressive and outspoken competitor of the season, seldom afraid to talk trash about her fellow contestants behind their backs. But her art work has been erratic at best, and her abstract, currency-themed portrait stymied the judges who had expected something more traditional.

The final three to compete for the big prize are Young, Sara and Kymia.


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-- David Ng

Photo: A scene from the most recent episode of "Work of Art." Credit: Bravo