Exhibition Recap: Pixels at OCCCA

The Pixels: The Art of the iPhone exhibition opened March 31, 2011 at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana, California. The opening celebration was this weekend.

The exhibit is an essential collection of works, curated from the thousands of images submitted to Pixels, featuring many of the most important iPhoneographers working today.

Pixels at OCCCA curators and iPhonographers Knox Bronson and Maia Panos

Pixels is a curated, extensive exhibit that’s an excellent snapshot of the current state of iPhoneography and features new and recent works from many iPhonegraphers, including Maia Panos, Reservoir_Dan (Dan Berman), Kimberly Post Rowe, Emily Rose, Jon Betts, Unruly_E, Alan Kastner, Christian Peacock, Max Berkowitz, Jose Chavarry, Laura Conomy, Linda Schenck, Susan Mikiel, Paul Moore, Jaime Ferreyros, and many, many other Pixels at an Exhibition artists.

The images range from minimally to extensively apped and include landscapes, portraits, street photography, nudes abstracts, surrealism — a broad range of styles, many times spanning several artistic styles. Art should touch the viewer on an emotional level and nearly all of the pieces in this collection inspire some reaction in the viewer.

Co-curator Jeff Alu’s display is gorgeous — very well lit, fluid and visually-based. It’s not theme based and is excellent curation which allows the viewer to explore each photograph on its own, rather than be taken in the context of a larger group.

The pieces selected for display are beautiful. Not only are the the works excellent samples of the art form, but the printing is rich and vivid with excellent detail and color.

The show is a journey. I found the exhibit to be a powerful one when viewed beginning to end. In addition to many familiar, high profile photographs included, there are also many undiscovered gems in this exhibit. I viewed the catalog of the exhibit before visiting the gallery, but seeing each photo on display gave me the same feeling as studying a piece of art from a book and then seeing it live for the first time live in a gallery.

I viewed the show with my uncle, a semi-professional photographer, who was blown away by both the art itself and the fact that they were created solely on an iPhone. For me, I’m glad I experienced this show with someone else to view, discuss and debate the works. The opening event took place during the area’s monthly art walk. Not only did this draw a lot of traffic, but exposed many arts supporters to artistic mobile phone phtography, in particular iPhone photography for the very first time.

Knox Bronson is tireless in his support of iPhoneography. His passionate work in encouraging Pixels artists to push the boundaries of the art help expand, improve and redefine iPhoneography. While the opening night event was a successful high traffic, high visibilty event, the bottom line is that Pixels at OCCCA isn’t about the hype — it’s about exposing the art of the iPhone to groups of new viewers.

Pixels at OCCCA is another important exhibit from Knox, who has an amazing and wonderful knack for putting together such important iPhone photography exhibits. Exhibits like this go far in legitimizing and cementing iPhoneography as an art form.

If you are in the Los Angeles area within the next month, do not miss this excellent exhibit at the OCCCA.

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
117 N. Sycamore
Santa Ana, CA

Exhibit runs through April 28, 2011


iPhoneographer Suzan Mikiel with Life In LoFi's Marty Yawnick
Photographer/iPhoneographer Christian Peacock with Life In LoFi's Marty Yawnick


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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.
  • Nicki Fitz-Gerald

    Seems the event is a big success. Congrats to all that made it happen and to Marty for giving those of us who couldn’t be there a remote viewing. :-)

  • Paul Moore

    Would love to have been there. It sounds like it was a great night. Cheers for the mention in the article. I am honoured to see my name mentioned among all those amazing artists:)

  • http://www.inologist.com Gordon Fraser

    one day, one day I wil get over to see one of these events….glad to have been a part anyway.

  • Daniel Berman

    It was a pleasure to curate this event with Knox, Maia and Jeff – wish I could have been there for the opening. Thanks for the re-cap and pics Marty :))

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/emily_bemily/ Emily Rose

    Thanks for this great article – also, I'm so happy that you were able to attend!! I really enjoy seeing the exhibit through your eyes :)

  • http://www.christianpeacock.com Christian Peacock

    Marty, Thank you so much for your support and friendship. I only hope to personally meet more of the wonderful people involved in this fun art form.

  • http://www.jeffalu.com Jeff Alu

    Thanks to all for making this such a great event…I was honored to host the event at OCCCA!

  • Jaime Ferreyros

    You are the ambassador of iphoneography, Marty! Great show and congratulations to all of those involved in putting such a fine exhibit together, and to the participating artists.

  • Elizabeth Molineux

    Congratulations on an exciting concept – let's hope your vision takes hold around the globe! Have you sent copies of the catalog to each of the exhibitors?

  • Robert Herold

    Great article Marty! It was a pleasure to get a glimpse into the mood of the show!

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

    Thanks for the pics Marty.
    Many thanks to Daniel, Knox, Maia and Jeff – you guys made this pioneering stuff happen.
    I've ordered my copy of the P1XELS magazine and which is on its way to me.
    Even though I'm 12,000 miles away I would have seriously come to this event if things had worked out better for me.
    I hope this exhibition stimulates greater interest in the art form – it's got me planning lots of shoots and refining my skills.