Andrew Proudlove contacted me some time ago for an interview for a new site he is involved with. Since the site has not yet launched, he offered the interview to Joanne at the AppWhisperer.com. Here are a couple excerpts. Read the whole interview at The App Whisperer for a number of salient observations and insight into the short history of the iphonic art movement.
KB – Knox Bronson
AP – Andrew Proudlove
AP – Hi Knox, thanks for agreeing to do this interview with us, I appreciate you taking the time especially as I know that you have a lot on your plate right now. I’ve barely scratched the surface with the introduction above, so I’d appreciate it, if you could tell us in your own words, who is Knox Bronson?
KB – If you are asking what I do, my day-job is freelance web and print design. P1xels also consumes a fair amount of time, both the running of the site, curating, dealing with artists, moving things forward.
What I am is slightly different: a child of the sixties, a survivor of the seventies, twenty-two years sober and off drugs, a father, a grandfather, a college dropout, a writer, a self-taught artist, composer, songwriter, a kind and generous person and very loyal friend according to some, a lunatic according to many.
As far as iPhonic art goes, I guess I was the midwife to the movement—taking it from the virtual to the real world—with the very first juried gallery show in January of 2010.
AP – Based on your experience, what direction do you think iPhoneography will go? Do you see it becoming accepted as a photographic and fine art medium?
KB – That’s like asking what direction painting will go. I have already witnessed iPhonic art being accepted as a fine art medium. It’s only a matter of when, not if, the art form will find widespread acceptance in the “real” art world. We just haven’t entered the modern art narrative yet. It will happen. It is happening.
AP – Did you encounter a lot of resistance when you first launched Pixels?
KB – Mahatma Ghandi said, “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.”
When I started P1xels and put out the first call for submissions for the first show in late 2009, the movement, such as it was, was contained mostly on Flickr and a handful of blogs and was dominated by a cotérie of “street” photographers, many of whom never submitted anything to P1xels, and still haven’t. I think they just viewed me as a johnny-come-lately and hoped P1xels would just go away.
I look back now, three years later, and see that my announcement of a gallery show and call for submissions was a major demarcation point in the evolution of the medium.
AP – What made you make the decision to curate Pixels? Why not simply post the images and allow people themselves to decide whether to “like” an image or not?
KB – To answer your question directly, I started curating solely to keep it fun and interesting for me.
P1xels, everyone knows, has been the single most important incubator for the explosive growth of the medium. You go anywhere else and you have to wade through a hundred pictures to get to one good one. The big shows of earlier this year, not done by P1xels? Half of the images were daily pics on my site or in earlier shows of mine or most of the artists were ones I discovered and first featured.
So I don’t just curate P1xels, I curate for the whole movement. And no one sends me money or thanks for it like they should!
Includes a selection of some of my favorite pictures. By me, that is.
Read the whole interview at The App Whisperer!