Opening Friday, [Artspace] at Untitled’s newest exhibit features 34 original pieces of photography. What makes that unique is they all were taken with phones, and the result is “Can You See Me Now: Photos Made on Phones.”
More than 70 artists answered the gallery’s call for entries of photos — non-pornographic, mind you — taken on cell phones. The idea spurred over the past year as the nonprofit focused on printmaking and photography, and “The Best Camera Is the One That’s with You,” Chase Jarvis’ book of his iPhone photos.
“We’ve been noticing a lot of changes in the use of cell phones, with all of the apps and better resolution,” said Jon Burris, the gallery’s executive director. “It occurred to us that people were showing us what they made on phones that were much more interesting and intriguing than before.”
Receiving entries from as far away as London and Moscow, three judges narrowed the competition to 34 pieces, each by a different artist.
“You get a whole different sort of perspective on image-making, versus someone who’s going through the effort to pick up the camera and compose,” Burris said. “It’s about the spontaneity and the just sort of uninhibited quality of these works.”
“Can You See Me Now” runs through Oct. 1 at [Artspace] at Untitled, 1 N.E. Third. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free. For more information, call 815-9995 or visit artspaceatuntitled.org. —Emily Summars