Every year for 50 years the L.A. Municipal Gallery has held its "Open Call" exhibit where any artist can show up with their art and an entry fee (to benefit gallery programs) and the piece is shown. The Los Angeles Center For Digital Art decided to launch an international experiment of the same nature where the artists upload images that are printed and hung by the gallery. The hundreds of works are displayed in a grid like installation (reminiscent of postcard art shows of the 1980's) where every work submitted is exhibited.
The usual (less than democratic) selection process where only the precious few are chosen is turned on its head in a curatorial anarchy where everyone gets to participate and the viewer is literally left to be the judge. The show represents a snapshot of a current moment in art history when digital imaging has reached the hands of the many, an age where culture belongs to the "mobblogers" around the globe. From Thailand to Texas, amateur to academic, beautiful to banal and beyond the monumental quantity and variety of "Snap to Grid" becomes an aesthetic experience where each individual piece adds to an agglomerative effect that has a life of its own.
I was rather intrigued when I read this and decided to enter three of my artworks to the show. I don't know if anything will come of it, but I think it looks good on my artist's "resume" to be able to say that my work has been show at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art.
The show runs from December 12, 2013 to January 4, 2014, with an Opening Reception on December 12 from 7 pm - 9 pm, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Downtown Art Walk.
Here's one of the pieces I entered, that I don't think I have shown in my blog before.
Now if I could just get off work for a few days and make my way to the West Coast for the Opening Reception....
For more information on Snap to Grid, visit http://www.lacda.com/juried/juriedshow.html