Not to be left out of the “First Friday” art mix, another Indy Cultural District, Fountain Square, has a big event scheduled this Friday (7 September). Art vs. Art takes place from 8 p.m.-midnight at the Fountain Square Theatre, 1111 Prospect Street, Indianapolis, featuring a competition in which canvases square off against each other in elimination rounds. The audience members decide which piece goes on to the next round -- and which will be destroyed in any one of a number of creative ways. Admission is $12.
When the doors open at 8 p.m., audience members will find out which paintings made the top 32 and will have an hour and half to peruse the displayed paintings and narrow the field down to 16. During this time, they can also purchase any painting not making the cut. Final judging involves four rounds of head-to-head competition. Two randomly selected paintings square off on stage as the audience cheers wildly for their favorite. The applause meter sends the winner to the next round; the losing painting faces the threat of destruction (by chain saw, acid bath, samurai sword, etc.) as determined by a spin of the ominous “Wheel of Death”.