Our seconds-long clip within the commercials is the group eating the lunches Simon brought: juice boxes, apples, and other nostalgic treats. They all thank him. And then it's back to commercials. I really do not get why Bravo does that.
Gallery. Artists line up in front of the judges: Jerry, Bill and guest judge Will Cotton, a celebrated New York painter. Jeanne's away curating a show in Europe. Must be a big show to take up all of Europe. China, who's dressed in an odd, yellow, geometric dress and has her hair in a fake-bob, reminds them all what their challenge was and then opens up the gallery. Abdi's piece, "Straight Line," is a wall full of very simple drawings. Will feels like it's a life story told through images. Abdi named it after people saying, "I can't even draw a straight line." And one of the drawings is, in fact, a straight line. If he really came up with that with three hours left, that's some pretty cool thinking and execution. Mark's book, "Origin Issue," is sort of comic-book style, illustrating the finer points of what made him an artist. China says it's a side of him they haven't seen. Peregrine's "Rainbow" is ballsy, according to Will. She says it's her homage to people she knows who have died of AIDS, and she's given a lot of herself. A group of kids think these are all "great art."
China wonders if Nicole's series of Styrofoam plates, "Surfacing Memories," are supposed to be palettes. Nicole thinks it looks like a solid piece of art. Ryan's "Drawn Excavations" is about excavating into his past and bringing emotions to the surface. He says he cried while he made it, and Will thinks he's trying to get back into his childhood. Jaclyn's "Untitled" actually looks pretty cool. She divided the tree in two (and it looks almost ovarian this way). Bill thinks it has a Rorschach vibe. Jaclyn thinks this cold image says a lot more about her than people think, and she hopes the judges will like it. Miles eloquently titled his piece, "A Complete Roll of Duct Tape Over a 4' x 6' Plane, Accompanied by 3 Rubber Band Balls." Peregrine tells him it's Tetris, and he laughs. Will relates this one to his own childhood, by thinking of Space Invaders. Miles says he used feelings of depression from childhood to get where he wants to be as an artist. Good story.