I realize as I am attempting to line up artists and art judges for this year’s premier LARP Plein Aire Competition, that judging art is much different than say, judging boxing or highland dancing. The latter have clear point systems. Art is completely subjective. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the ability of an artist to convey mood through brush strokes and colour is of course subjective and relative to how the judge perceives mood and color.
So how do we have a fair art competition? Well, selecting judges from different art backgrounds, adding in LARP participants and local or visiting celebrities will give us a variation of opinions. Experts in the world of art will recognize certain techniques, but, who is to say that one artist’s choice of technique is more worthy than another’s?
Publicity for the artists, the joy of painting, the camaraderie of open competition, the beauty of the natural surroundings, the imaginative creativity and energy of the participants will bring artists to this fun competition. Judging is a way to interact with the whole experience even if you haven’t been able to commit to an entire week of painting. There is no point system. What moves you, what gets your attention, what makes you want to say “wow, look at that” – that’s the criteria for making your decision.
This summer, the week before Writers At Woody Point Festival, get your LARP mojo on.