The Art Walk lives. The gallery’s open their doors and host opening night receptions in conjunction with the Downtown LA Art Walks. One of the do not miss openings is the “Snap to Grid” at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA).
What makes this show different is that it is not a “juried” show, rather it takes all submissions and gives you a wonderful snapshot of the depth and breadth of digital art and digital photography as it stands today. I love the unstructured format. I absolutely am amazed at how some images can just stop you in your tracks and keep you there mesmerized. From the LACDA press release”
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 agglomerate effect that has a life of its own.
Based on the crowds at last months Art Walk I’d suggest you arrive early as parking is at a premium and pretty much disappeared by 7PM. If you are mass transit enabled that is likely your better option for getting downtown for the Art Walk and the LACDA Snap to Grid reception.
Details: November 11-December 4, 2010. Opening Reception Thursday November 11 , 7-9pm (in conjunction with the Downtown Art Walk)
Los Angeles Center for Digital Art 107 West Fifth Street Los Angeles, CA 90013