Q&A: The Sucklord on Graffiti, His Work of Art Failures, and Why He's Like Darth Vader

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Earlier this year, New York magazine's culture blog, Vulture, asked Work of Art co-producer Sarah Jessica Parker, after this season's shooting had started, if she foresaw any breakout characters. She laughed. "Um, I suspect there might be one."

The one is Sucklord, who went from the designer-toy world's biggest jerkbag to a defensively blunt antagonist to a softer, genuine, teary-eyed art-builder, all in the course of six episodes. Evidence of his real-world rise has already started to trickle into his day-to-day: he's selling more work online, his brand-identity is through the roof, he's been recognized publicly, (at a recent visit to the art-supply store, the manager "backwards to help me find something they didn't even have because he knew who I was") and even sold work to someone who'd stopped him on the street.

Last night, the Sucklord was eliminated from the show. (He responded by making a self-mocking Jerk of Art Morgan Phillips action figure.) We spoke with him this morning, via BRAVO monitored phonecall, about the street-art challenge that did him in, what he has in common with Simone de Pury, and how his Work of Art arc related to Star Wars.

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Sucklord Gets Kicked Off Work of Art, Releases Self-Mocking Jerk of Art Action Figure

Last night, the gallery world's Top Chef eliminated our man Sucklord, the Chinatown-based bootleg toymaker we splashed on the Village Voice cover in September. Throughout the course of the first six episodes, the Sucklord was the reality competition's clear breakout personality: the Sucklord got the most airtime, the most character development, the most massaged subplots, the most televised quotes about "balls," and even a chance to spraypaint China Chow's (clothed) breasts.

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The Real World's Casting Call for Occupy Wall Street is Definitely Real

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Ted Hall, natural candidate for Real World: OWS.
Yesterday it looked as though Bunim/Murray, the production company behind MTV's Real World, had put out a casting call on Craigslist. Nothing weird there, but the casting call asked for Occupy Wall Street protesters, who don't immediately spring to mind as MTV material; we kind of thought it was a joke.

Today we've confirmed that the casting call is the genuine article. There very well could be an OWS'er on season 27 (!) of the Real World. The ad:

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Ugo Nonis on His Work of Art Elimination: "I Don't Think Keith Haring Owns Lines"

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Ugo goes bye-bye

Last week on the season premiere of the BRAVO reality show Work of Art, the first contestant eliminated was Ugo Nonis, a tall, dark, and handsome Frenchman whose thick-lined pop-art squiggles the judges' repeatedly derided as aping Keith Haring. "They say good artists borrow and great artists steal," offered gallery owner Bill Powers. "This feels like something borrowed." Tonight, the second episode airs at 9pm, and stars Voice cover subjects Sucklord and Michelle Matson.

We spoke to Ugo about what it was like to be the first man eliminated, the Keith Haring comparisons, and his roommate Sucklord.

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Michelle Matson Wins, Sucklord Rules: Your Cheat Sheet to Bravo's Work of Art 2, Episode One

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Actual poll currently running on the Bravo site

There is a Bravo show called Work of Art: The Search for the Next Great Artist. As we've told you before, it's a reality-TV competition ostensibly about searching every gallery nook and gutter grate for America's Next Great Artist--not a Very Good Artist or an Eventual Great Artist or even anything superlative and exonerated like America's Next Best Artist, but simply a Great One, which is good enough for TV. Sarah Jessica Parker produces. A very pretty lady named China Chow hosts. The judges are important art-world people like Bill Powers, who co-owns the Lower East Side's Half Gallery with James Frey (yes, that James Frey) and Kate Spade CEO Andy Spade, and New York Magazine art critic Jerry Saltz, who I once sat beside in an editorial meeting at the Village Voice once or twice and seems like the kind of guy who would not find such juvenile asides amusing. The second season's premiere aired last night.

I know, I don't have Cable either.

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Sucklord on Art Critics: "If the Jerry Saltzes of the World Don't Like My Work, I Don't Give a Shit"

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"Who the hell is this guy? Get him out of here."

The second season of Bravo's Work of Art: The Search for the Next Great Artist, the gallery world's Top Chef, premieres tonight at 9pm. Completely randomly, the 14-person cast stars two recent Village Voice cover-story subjects: bike-accident victim/artist Michelle Matson and bootleg toymaker, the Sucklord.

As anticipated, the judges didn't know what to do with the latter, a huckster performance-artist who's made a name for himself by telling his collectors they're assholes for buying his work. In fact, at least one thought the 42-year-old who insisted he be called Sucklord was a practical joke.

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MTV's Bridge & Tunnel: Behold The Tremendously Entertaining Trailer for the Original Jersey Shore

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Bridge & Tunnel's star sisters: Brianna and Gabriella DeBartoli

In this week's Village Voice cover story, we introduce you to Gabriella and Brianna DeBartoli, the would-be Staten Island stars of Bridge & Tunnel, a 12-episode reality show that MTV spent millions shooting, but inexplicably shelved at the eleventh hour. After B&T survived three years in development, the only extant clip is the show's super-trailer, a deliberately sensational last-ditch attempt to distract executive attention away from the cuca-flashing phenomenon Jersey Shore. The video didn't rescue Bridge & Tunnel from broadcast oblivion, but it did present a far more entertaining version of young outer-borough living than, say, Lifetime's Brighton Beach version of Jersey Shore, Russian Dolls.

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Cab From 'Cash Cab' Hits and Kills Man in Canada

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A driver for 'Cash Cab,' the excellent mobile TV quiz show that is also kind of fake, ran over a 61-year-old man in Vancouver yesterday. The man, who was from Surrey, British Columbia, died of his injuries. The show had finished the night's filming and a producer (not the bald-pated host of the American version, although can you imagine?) was driving the van when it struck the man. No charges have been filed. This is like someone being electrocuted by their Jeopardy screen, or bludgeoned to death by the Wheel of Fortune, except real. The production company in charge, Castlewood Productions, didn't respond to my request for comment, nor did anyone at the Discovery Channel.

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Do You Ride Horses and Possess The Bravery of a Warrior? The HISTORY Channel Wants You!

Knocking on reality TV is like kicking a kid with crutches, but sometimes that kid with crutches begs to be kicked. Which brings us to another one of those open casting calls out there in the trades, the ones with the shady Gmail address contact info and the thinly veiled condescension for the people who use it. Far more ridiculous than a show about fat sex or inkslinging competitions, we now have Full Metal Jousting! For this back-channel spectacular, HISTORY is seeking experienced horseback riders who openly "possess the bravery of a warrior," which means they're searching for the sort of humans who've actually gazed upon themselves and thought, I could totally kick Geronimo's ass. Oh, right and these people spend their summer days clicking through casting calls, but then again, of course they do.

By all means:

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