How could this have happened?
I really thought this was going to become a regular part of the Fractal Art world, but I guess that was too much to hope for.
What could have gone wrong this year? How did this happen?
Let me count the ways…
Artistically Anemic: I guess when you make the submission requirements sound like the feature set for Ultra Fractal you’re bound to get only one kind of artwork.
One-Dimensional: (No pun intended) Making everything exactly the same size was pretty stupid; how many artists make everything the same size? It this a fractal brick exhibition?
Enough Judges to Fill a Bus: And they all get a reserved spot in the exhibition because of their hard, hard work. “Many hands make light work” — not in a fractal art contest apparently! It’s just an excuse to take a free ride on the sponsor’s money while everyone else has to jump through a bunch of hoops just to be seen by the “judges”.
Amateur Attempt at Judging: Who exactly are these judges? All I saw was a guy and a bunch of his friends. Why not add a few judges who have a different view of fractal art? Or how about getting a real art judge who’s unconnected to the fractal world and can handle the very hard, hard work of sifting through the several hundred submissions that any contest (or high school art course) will produce? It ought to be easy for someone familiar with approaching art from a critical point of view. Let the busload of amateur judges line up with everyone else to get judged instead of lording it over their fellow artists.
Devil Sponsors Made Us Do It That’s all I can remember hearing when the organizers attempted to explain the odd-ball setup for the contest — both years in a row. Yeesh. Show some leadership and maturity and just admit you made mistakes and make the necessary changes. The Benoit Mandelbrot Fractal Art Contest can be saved! It just needs an attitude that won’t sell out to sponsors or the private ambitions of a small clique of artists and self acclaimed experts.
The Benoit Mandelbrot Fractal Art Contest 2009?