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The phenomenon of Apple’s iPhone has made its way into the world of visual arts with an exhibition at the Chicago Art Department.   This personal communication device quickly became the most popular smart phone worldwide.  Part of the success of the phone is due to the applications in which you can do anything from personal organization, gaming and a multitude of art-based programs.  Those were the inspiration for Chicago Art Department’s Mike Nourse to create a course to use these phones as an artistic instrument.

In the exhibition now open at CAD’s gallery space in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, we see the abilities and fine art created by this tool.  The works range from photographs captured, processed, filtered and even sent to a printer from the device to capturing stop action (as in this example of our interview) and even a group of international artists who create their works solely on the iPhone.  That group, known as Finger-Painters create elaborate images that is comparable to traditional illustrations, but works created while riding the bus or in between phone calls.

Who knows how long the iPhone trend will last, this week Googles new Droid phone went on sale.  And tech experts believe that it will give the iPhone a healthy competition.  But after visiting this exhibition, I know for sure that the ability to capture, process and print unique, artistic works is solidly part of the art world.

(iPhone Therefore iArt Opening night party Friday January 8th, 6 – 10pm, 1837 S Halsted, Chicago IL)

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  1. January 8, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    thx for posting that vid, I’m watching tonight from Germany 🙂
    Here’s a link to http://thefingerpainters.com/ for everyone who wants to know more bout us.

    • January 8, 2010 at 8:43 pm

      Thanks for the link. The legitimacy of the iPhone as a medium is here.

  2. Elliot
    January 10, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    The operative phrase from the curator went something like “not iphone artists; but artists with iphones.” I appreciate the energy and time used to create some of the images; but, I have a hard time convincing myself that it’s art and not technology. Even the curator seemed uncertain. They are certainly striking images though.

  3. Elliot
    January 10, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    I’ve now watched thefingerpainters.com and it raises an interesting question for me…. If I know what to do with color and shape and I know how to translate that knowledge on to a canvas (electronic), does that make it art?

  4. January 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Elliot, Artists have been using technology as their mediums for a long time and critics bring up the same points you are making. I like to think that art doesn’t have to be limited to techniques like painting and drawing to be art. I think people who use current technologies to explore the world around them are as much artists as those use paint.

    • Elliot
      January 13, 2010 at 1:53 am

      I’m convinced…. For artists who painted on cave walls with berry based paints, using oil based paints on canvas would have been a big technology leap.

      • January 13, 2010 at 11:49 pm

        It was not just that the artists are using an iPhone. The exhibition is about the iPhone for sure, but larger than that, its about a device you can carry with you at all times becoming a medium to create art. In six months this specific technology may be a thing of the past, but the works created will still be art of the time.

        Here’s an interesting article in the New York Times Review of Books about artist David Hockney and his love of the iPhone as a medium to create art. http://www.nybooks.com/articles/23176

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