Elodie Hunting's "If She Would Be" on the left; real photography on the right.

Here is the press release I received from the Torpedo Factory regarding the upcoming show, featuring a number of Pixels/P1xels’ artists. I had no input into the curation of the show, so I am flattered that one of my pieces was selected and included with the works of a number of artists I respect and love here on Pixels.

I have heard nothing but rave reviews on the Torpedo Factory Art Center from friends who have been there, so I am excited for us all. I think it’s a great opportunity for exposure of the medium and, to tell the truth, I am sure our iphonic art will blow the “real photography” out of the water, with our little iTorpdoes, I mean, iPhones.

What: Diverging Mediums: Photography vs. iPhoneography
When: May 10 – May 31, 2012; Reception: May 10, 6-8PM
Where: Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Description: Diverging Mediums: Photography versus iPhoneography aims to raise discussion on iPhoneography, a movement that, some would argue, is transitioning from solely a social media into a fine-art form of its own right. Please join us on May 10, Second Thursday, from 6-8pm for a reception to celebrate the opening and the artists.

(Alexandria, VA) The Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery presents Diverging Mediums: Photography versus iPhoneography, which opens on May 10 and runs through May 31, 2012. The exhibition examines the shifting role of iPhoneography in our culture and its impact on the nature and definition of art. The nineteen selected artists include photographers from the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association, Multiple Exposures Gallery, and P1xels, an iPhone-photography group based in Berkeley, California: Jim Steele, Maureen Minehan, Min Enghauser, Craig Sterling, Michael Borek, Pete McCutchen, Karen Keating, Fran Livaditis, Elodie Hunting, Hans Borghorst, Paul Moore, Maia Panos, Therese Brown, Butow Maler, Jose Chavarry, Glenn Homann, Ramona Gillentine, James Clarke, and Knox Bronson.

The show aims to raise discussion on iPhoneography, a movement that, some would argue, is transitioning from solely a social media into a fine-art form of its own right. The show juxtaposes fifteen digital or film photographs of established fine-art photographers with fifteen iPhoneographs, the majority of which comes from P1xels, a photo group based in California that is using the iPhone as their chosen vehicle of self-expression and creation. The pieces from the two groups were chosen to either highlight the strengths of its medium or to demonstrate the lingering overlap between them. The future for iPhoneography, however, seems to hinge not upon attempting to mimic classical photography, but on introducing and establishing the medium’s unique offerings to the art world.

Curatorial Statement: This exhibition was curated by Hiji Nam, as part of her internship project for the Target Gallery. Ms. Nam is an undergraduate student from the University of Maryland, College Park, majoring in art history and government and politics. The inspiration for the exhibit stemmed from the contemporary phenomenon of artistic democracy, part of which stems from smart phones and the multitude of photo-enhancement applications. For Ms. Nam, this modern phenomenon calls into question what one can and cannot call “art.” Are the people behind the “Capture” button on iPhones “artists”? What does the advent of technology and the resulting influx of images mean for photography and art? Does the fact that they are so easily created, recreated, copied, distributed, and discarded take away from their beauty or impact? How relevant is the process of creation to the quality of the final product? What is the distinction between “picture” and “fine-art photography,” and if we cannot agree upon a fixed definition and jurisdiction for each, does such a distinction exist at all? Ms. Nam hopes the exhibit will raise these questions and discussions to its visitors, who will observe the images presented and render their own verdicts on iPhoneography.

Gallery Information: Target Gallery, national exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, promotes high standards of art by continuously exploring new ideas through the visual media in a schedule of national and international exhibitions. To learn more, please visit www.torpedofactory.org/target

About Art in Public Spaces: This exhibition is part of the Art in Public Spaces (APS) program, which serves as the community outreach arm for the Torpedo Factory Art Center (TFAC) by providing rotating exhibitions and educational program opportunities. The Target Gallery, national exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, manages this program.

Torpedo Factory Art Center information: The art center is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to enhance public art appreciation and education.  The art center has 82 artist studios, 160 working artists, 6 galleries, the Art League School, and the City of Alexandria’s Archeology Museum.