2011 Pavel Jerdanowitch Painting Contest Results



The Loser of the 2011 contest is Anna Kuleshova from Russia.

Anna teaches art in children's rehabilitation center.


Childhood by Anna Kuleshova

Badness: 0.51

Badness is the fraction of the voters which selected the painting as the worst. Each voter was shown five randomly selected paintings. Therefore the average badness is 0.2. The maximum possible badness is one and the minimum possible badness is zero.



Jerdanowitch Jr's choice is Yuri Zubarev from Russia for his daub, Fight against alcoholism.

In the opinion of Pavel Jerdanowitch II, PhD, grandson of the originator of the school of Disumbrationism, Yuri's painting shows notable lack of talent combined with an abominable palette, poor understanding of any principles of composition, an incomprehensible theme that the title only vaguely addresses, and, of course, a complete lack of shadows.

Several entries among the 115 submitted show one or more of these qualities, and it was hard to choose which painting the judge would want most never to see again, even in the burned-out home of his worst enemy. In the end, Yuri's dubious contribution met all the idiosyncratic criteria that the judge feels most corresponds to Pavel Jerdanowitch's original aims, whatever those might or might not have been.


Fight against alcoholism by Yuri Zubarev

Yuri is a PhD Chemist. Now retired. In the past he took part in Chernobyl disaster recovery.


Webmaster's choice is kunst/gruppe olga from Austria

They are a group of young artists from Graz. Kunst/gruppe olga is the Loser of the 2007 contest.


Untitled by kunst/gruppe olga.

After several years of dealing with the relationship between art and eating, kunst/gruppe olga now focuses on an even more humanly interplay between art and the so-called real world: beards. We understand beards as a symbol for humanness and the hidden animalistic forces, which de-unite each of us and fragmentize our identities. Beards are object of mass disruption, and symbolize the irrepressible vigor which infiltrate our pretended riskless existences. We understand beards as the climax of textile substances, and kunst/gruppe olga's obsession with beards might be an overreaching version of Joseph Beuys' obsession with felt. However, our critical view will not lose its clarity: art can save our souls, while beards and the bearded might have the power to destroy it all.

View the rest of the 2011 contest entries

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