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Opening This Week: Pixels: The Art of iPhone Photography at OCCCA

Submitted by on March 30, 2011 – 8:23 am 3 Comments

If you’re in the Los Angeles area this weekend, add to your plans the opening of “Pixels: The Art of iPhone Photography” at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA). This important exhibition runs March 31 – April 28, 2011 and the opening is Saturday, April 2, 2011, 6 PM-10 PM. Several of the iPhoneographers exhibited in the exhibition will be present, including show curators Knox Bronson, Maia Panos, and Jeff Alu. Also attending are Christian Peacock and myself, Marty Yawnick. Other L.A. area iPhoneographers will be there as well.

From the press release:

Exhibiting the beauty and edginess that comes out of the minds of some of the world’s best iPhone photographers, OCCCA is excited to present Pixels: The Art of iPhone Photography

“The iPhone IS a simple, limited, almost awful camera, which is part of its great allure for me personally. I also love the apps we use to manipulate the images. Every iphonographer has a “toolkit” of apps he or she favors. The images we see are not manipulated as those in advertisements, or fashion magazines, or playboy, to sell something, but rather to bring out the greater truth of the image for the artist – and this is where, as much as the initial shot, the artist’s personality emerges. The rule for the show (and our website) is no manipulation on a computer. It is a mistake, though an easy one to make, to compare iPhontography to traditional photography. It is a new medium, which begins with the photographic process.”
— Curator Knox Bronson

“With the advent of digital photography, the art form went through an enormous revolution, one which was not at first fully embraced by the chemical-clad photographic community. Over time, tolerance of this new method of capturing light became more common, and digital photography has since been thrust into acceptance, even by hard core traditionalists. Since then, the cameras themselves have undergone numerous refinements, and now, with the addition of smartphones to the light-gathering lineup, it’s possible to shoot, process, and upload photos to the world right from the palm of your hand.” — Curator Jeff T. Alu

“iPhoneography is a unique medium – you can shoot, process and post on one device from virtually anywhere. I suspect such features will become standard in the next several years on many devices but today the iphone is miles ahead of the game. In fact, this era may be remembered as the golden age. The online world has become a salon for the greatest realtime photographic exhibition in history and I’m just glad to be a part of it.” – Curator Daniel Berman

“For me iphone photography is a challenging art form with what seems endless possibilities. It is always interesting to see what happens next with each new photo. You never know what direction it will take. I get so much satisfaction from taking a raw photo and transforming it into something completely different. Iphone photography brought me back into my art and I love it. It is a new and exciting art form which I am happy to be a part of.” – Curator Maia Panos

Unique vision along with the vast selection of photo-processing applications available on the iPhone has allowed each artist to create stunning images which reflect their true personalities. From minimal to abstract, black and white to extreme color, subtle to hard graphic, true emotion can be found in these photos.

Presented in conjunction with Pixelsatanexhibition.com.

About OCCCA

The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) is an artist operated California non-profit corporation dedicated to the pursuit of professional excellence and freedom of expression in the arts.

Since it’s inception in 1980, It provides emerging and established member and guest artists a forum to explore and develop ideas in contemporary art in an atmosphere that promotes experimentation and risk-taking, but without the specter of censorship.

In addition, OCCCA develops and actively participates in public educational, outreach and community art services.

The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
117 North Sycamore
Santa Ana, CA. 92701 USA
714.667.1517

For more information on this event, visit the OCCCA website.

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Marty Yawnick

Marty is a self-employed graphic designer in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. He is an avid Rangers baseball, Chicago Cubs, Packers and Highbury Arsenal fan. In addition to capturing random moments with whatever camera is close by (usually his iPhone), his other interests include coffee, film, music, and traveling in seats 5E and 5F with his fiancé.

  • http://andrewbwhite.tumblr.com/ Andrew B. White

    I'd love to be able to attend this – I've got three works in the show and I'd love to meet all you guys and see how all the works stack up in a physical context.
    However I'm a wee bit far away down here in New Zealand and although I'm always looking for an excuse to hit LA it happens to be my sister's wedding this weekend so I guess I need to stay here!

    Marty, is the show definitely going to move on to the Arty Gallery in Downtown after it finishes at OCCCA?

    • http://lifeinlofi.com lifeinlofiblog

      Hi, Andrew,

      If you're on the South Island or have family there, I hope y'all are okay. I absolutely love NZ and it killed me to see what happened in Christchurch.

      It'll be at the Arty Gallery for a month after the OCCCA show. I have the dates in my previous post on this Pixels exhibit.

      =M=

  • http://andrewbwhite.tumblr.com/ Andrew B. White

    Thanks for the info Marty. Maybe I can make the Arty opening – lol
    I'd be setting up some shoots while I was there – not enough 'talent' where I am.

    I'm in Auckland so quite far away from Christchurch but yeah – real full-on down here.