ArtFaceOff Is About Whose Art Is "Better"

ArtFaceOff is a new site that lets artists upload pictures of their art along with descriptive tags, and compete in a face-off with other artists. Winners move on to the next level of competition, and the eventual winner receives a $1,000 prize.

It’s odd to compare one piece of art to another and decide which is “better.” People who know about art and try to explain it to me always say art is about how it makes you feel, not if it’s better or worse than other art. But the site certainly gives new artists a place to show their stuff and interact with users, so it can’t be all bad. Still, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

The company, founded by Steven W. Ochs, is located in Portland, Oregon, “in a tiny gallery on the fringes of the Pearl Arts District.”