Without a doubt one of my most favorite Galleries in the Downtown LA Art district is the LA Center for Digital Art (LACDA). Their juried shows are always pretty terrific but my favorite show is always the “Snap to Grid”.
Snap to Grid is an un-juried, take all submissions show. All of the images are printed by them on good old 8 1/2 X 11 matte paper and assembled in a grid. Simple presentation of some pretty magnificent art is what you get in the deal. I like it as I always walk away amazed by startling images and with new ideas of things I want to try myself.
LACDA sent the announcement over the weekend that they have opened the doors for submissions for this years installment of “Snap to Grid”. They may take all comers but there is a fee of $30 for each jpeg file you submit. The images do need to be created with digital art or digital cameras. Full details on the rules and step by step instructions at the Submissions Link. The deadline to submit entries is September 30, 2008. Now to decide which of my images from the various paths I have been exploring to submit…
The Snap to Grid show will run October 9 – November 1, 2008. The opening night reception will coincide with the Downtown LA Art Walk on October 9 and will run from 7-9PM.
An excerpt from their press release is after the jump. The pic is by me with my trusty che-ez snap taken at the Snap to Grid show in 2006 and does get bigger with a click.
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.