Sloppy Forgeries

Entrant 2020

Jonah Warren


The act of drawing is immediate, direct, and primal. As a species, we've been doing it for tens of thousands of years—to communicate, to record data, to mark space. It is practiced and celebrated in kindergartens, art schools, galleries, and museums around the world. Considering its communicative power, its inherently playful qualities, and its required dexterity, it is surprising how rarely drawing exists in competitive contexts throughout history. Sloppy Forgeries attempts to explore this space by measuring the drawing accuracy of two competitors over a given time. The game is a minimalist take on "competitive painting," where the goal is to quickly and accurately recreate famous artworks from history (in the public domain). The game playfully engages with issues of artistic merit, creation, authenticity, ownership, and skill.