Mobile art pioneers from around the world will show off their latest creations at the LA Mobile Arts Festival August 18-26 at Santa Monica Arts Studios (SMAS). The festival will be a fusion of art and technology, exhibited in 2,400 square feet of prime exhibition space in Arena 1 at SMAS.
Entries are being accepted from now until July 15, 2012.
“We welcome submissions for all the mobile arts—photography, sound- and video-based works, sculptural and performance art pieces,” said Daria Polichetti, co-founder of iPhoneArt.com (IPA) which is co-sponsoring the festival. “We are thinking big – and encourage artists to investigate ways of going beyond traditional presentation methods.”
In addition to accepting proposals, IPA will also be reaching out to artists with ideas for solo and collaborative installations, said Polichetti. “We are looking at new printing techniques, three-dimensional installations, environmental design and much more. Funds will be made available for the projects we are most excited about.”
Santa Monica Art Studios is a major mecca for contemporary art and design in the Los Angeles area. This vast, historic airplane hangar was converted to a modern-day artists’ colony in 2003. Under its soaring roofline, artists of every persuasion come to share, create, and sell their works in studio and exhibition spaces.
At the festival, exhibiting artists will be able to set up their personal IPA iPrints store, through which they can sell prints not only to exhibit attendees but to also to art lovers worldwide.
The iPrints Store, currently in beta testing, was created by artists for artists. It will offer museum-quality printing and options such as mounting prints on eco-friendly bamboo panels. Artists will have full control over their work, including the ability to track limited and signed editions.
Some of the artists who will be taking part in this year’s festival can be seen on the 2011 IPA Mobile Grant page.