The voting for the Ugly Necklace Contest is drawing to a close and
I'm still firmly entrenched in 6th place, so anybody who was
planning to vote, now's the
time-- http://www.landofodds.com/store/ugly2contest.htm ;^).
But my real point here is to encourage some of you to think about
entering next year. It's not for prestige, and it's not for the
prize. I find myself really intruiged by the challenge. This year's
necklace was constructed in about 45 minutes, at most, out of the
ugliest gaudy plastic crap I could find. The same seemed true of
most of the others. But I find myself trying to figure out how to
make a truly ugly piece that is possibly still art. What makes a
thing "ugly"? What makes it "art"? I intend these as rhetorical
questions, possibly to be answered by attempts to make a worthy ugly
necklace, not just a "cheap shot" such as the things on the site,
especially when viewed on gold lame'.
I think it is a worthwhile, useful undertaking, and I hope a few of
you will agree!