Opening Reception Thursday September 9, 7-9pm
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
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
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
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.
The Opening Reception