i’m jealous of peregrine honig… again

To say that I’m a huge fan of reality TV would be a slight understatement, but when I came across a reality show about art, I have to say… I was pretty skeptical. How were they going to do this? Great art can’t happen in twelve hours… can it?! Well, regardless of my initial doubts, one episode, and a big bowl of ice cream later, I was hooked! In the first few seconds of Work of Art, I was thrilled to see that Peregrine Honig was one of the 14 participating artists. I wrote about her last November, so obviously she was my early pick as the winner! Well, she came close. She was second, but as far as I’m concerned she should have won. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy for 23-year-old Abdi Farah who won the title, a whole bunch of cash, and a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum {on now until Oct 17th}, but I really, really, really loved Peregrine’s final show {…a sweet, yet dark carnival theme, complete with cotton candy spun by Peregrine herself!} There is an innocence, a beauty, and a sadness to every single piece. The image that gives me a physical reaction every time I see it is the photograph above, titled The Twin Fawns. Under glass in Peregrine’s studio, these taxidermied baby deer are still huddled together. They were found in this position in their mother’s womb, who died just before they were born. See? Such innocence, beauty, and for me, overwhelming sadness. What an amazing collection of work. Congratulations Peregrine!

{She is currently selling prints of ‘The Twin Fawns’ which you can purchase here, and if you’d like to see her latest work in person, she’s having a solo show with Dwight Hackett Projects, opening October 9th in Santa Fe.}

comments (12)

  1. Jen /// 09.06.2010 /// 6:34pm

    I totally agree! Peregrine should have won–I was so confused by the letdown ending to that season. She is amazing!

  2. ModFruGal /// 09.07.2010 /// 6:36am

    I thought she deserved to win too….

  3. The Jealous Curator /// 09.07.2010 /// 6:51am

    Me too, obviously ; )
    oh, art… it’s all so subjective!

  4. Sonja /// 09.07.2010 /// 8:00pm

    I came across this show completely by accident one sunday… it’s probably the only reality show I could bare to watch….and I loooved it!
    She was so GOOD! I watched the one where they went to a kid’s gallery/art space.

  5. The Jealous Curator /// 09.07.2010 /// 8:32pm

    oh yeah! she won that challenge, and then based a lot of her final show on that piece. you picked a good one to watch ; )

  6. kim /// 09.10.2010 /// 11:54am

    I agree – great TV show and Peregrine is truly amazing!! As is your blog – I love checking in each day to see what you’ve found. Thanks!

  7. Courtney /// 09.13.2010 /// 6:39pm

    I just stumbled upon your blog and 1) I loooove it – just scrolled through over a year of posts and 2) I love those baby fawns. Reposted them with a link back – hope that’s ok.

    Thanks for all the great stuff!

  8. The Jealous Curator /// 09.13.2010 /// 9:10pm

    thank you! and yes, repost away! i love those fawns… even though they make me want to cry every time i look at them!

  9. ron tucker /// 10.31.2010 /// 12:04pm

    I fell in love with Peregrine, not as a person, of course, but as an entity of emotive art…she was in every piece she created. She not only had the heart of an artist, but the heart of humanity that I wish every human being could possess.

  10. the jealous curator /// 10.31.2010 /// 9:26pm

    she is amazing, isn’t she

  11. jakob /// 01.18.2011 /// 1:58pm

    iloooved her work, it really inspired and created a new experince for me as an artist,i loved her carnival theme , it was amazing…ahe really should have won.

  12. the jealous curator /// 01.18.2011 /// 4:21pm

    i totally agree!