In the series “Art Race,” two artists, sculptor Ben Sargent and classical painter Kenny Harris, set out to cross America surviving only on their art. Armed with just $1, they must trade their work for rides beds and food to travel across America in 40 days. Will their art get them from coast to coast? The pair must make their way as quickly as possible to their final destinations, as the winner is the first one to the finish and the loser must return all his hard-earned cash.
Two artists are attempting to cross America surviving only on their artwork.
Day three of “Art Race.”
Kenny is in Amish country in Kidron, Ohio. Ben reaches the tiny town of Bisbee in Arizona.
Kenny makes it to Indianapolis. Ben is trying everything he can to reach Marfa, Texas.
Kenny arrives in Mokane (population: 186). In Texas, Ben’s fallen in love – with a car.
Ben arrives in Austin, Texas. Kenny is trapped in a Missouri strip mall.
Ben is flat broke. In Kansas City, Mo., Kenny negotiates an introduction to a local art collector.
Kenny is on the Kansas plains. Ben takes refuge in a local Mississippi strip bar.
Ben is turning his hand to sculpture. In Colorado, Kenny tries doggie portraiture.
Ben makes it to the coast. Kenny eyes a rafting trip down the Colorado River.
Kenny makes it to Las Vegas. Ben creates a superhero costume.
The final show: Ben and Kenny have just 36 hours to prepare their shows and sell everything they can to win.
California-based artist Kenny Harris was born in 1974 and is a classically trained artist. He’s studied at Colorado College (BA in Fine Art ) ,Charles Cecil Studios, Florence, Italy and the Art Students League, New York, under Frank Mason. You can see more of his work at his website, www.littlejohngallery.com.
Ben Sargent lives in Brooklyn, New York, and was born in 1977. He’s an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality and artist. He is currently working on a book of images and chowder recipes inspired by his travels. See more of his work at brooklynchowdersurfer.com.
A crew of four has become a crew of forty and logistics are nearing terrifying proportions — but I do miss the Art Race’s simplicity and singularity of purpose.