Photography at artists' fingertips in Studio 659 show

2012-07-05T16:00:00Z 2012-07-05T18:36:19Z Photography at artists' fingertips in Studio 659 showBy Tim Shellberg Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
July 05, 2012 4:00 pm  • 

Jules Kulchar–Naus, curator of Whiting's Studio 659's "SmARTphone Photography" exhibit, knows there are photographers opposed to the emerging form of art her show is based on.

"I have a couple friends who are against smartphone applications because they still use film, and it takes them so much skill to get all of these affects that we're getting just flicking a couple things on our phone," she said. "Developing your own photos is an art all to itself, but I think the beauty of the smartphone pictures is that you can create something in just a few minutes."

Celebrating the opening of the show with a reception July 6, Naus is showcasing more than 40 original photographs by approximately 20 artists using their phones, and the applications at their disposal on the phones, for "Smart."

The "SmARTphone" artists took photos using smartphone applications such as Instagram, Camera360, Photosynth and Snapseed, to name just a few. Kulchar–Naus, who is also the window designer at Studio 659, lent her talents to the show as well.

"It's something that I love and I know all of my friends love it," she said. "There's just so much you can do with all the applications. The pictures look so different and I think regular photos aren't exciting to me anymore, and a lot of people I know feel the same way. There's just so much creativity with the photo applications."

In addition to the individual photos, an installation work made up of more than 200 photos put together by Kulchar–Naus will be on display. The installation piece will be projected onto one of the gallery walls for the July 6 opening reception and when Studio 659 opens its doors during Whiting's Pierogi Fest, July 27 through 29.

Kulchar–Naus said she hopes her "SmARTphone" show encourages others to use their hands — and phones — to create art of their own.

"Anybody can do it, and that's the great thing about it," Naus said. "You can start with a picture that's just so–so and end up with something that's really great. It's easy. You can't really mess it up. I think that when people start to experiment with it, they'll see that."

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