What is Mobile Art?

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Is it possible to make art with a phone? This is the question that I asked myself when nine years ago I bought my first iPhone and I experimented with the first artistic apps. I had seen amazing images on Facebook and Instagram made with an iPhone on the profile of American friends and I wanted to try. Art has always fascinated me and my studies in Contemporary Art have pushed me to experiment. Thus a great passion was born. Mobile Art is a movement of contemporary art that creates art using mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, smartphone. Not a camera, not a computer, not Photoshop. Only applications on the phone.

If you can make art with a can of beans, a cut on the canvas or recycled material, why not do it with apps on a smartphone?
Everything comes from a photo shoot and then, using the apps on the phone, you can create images of all kinds. There is a World Community that shares images, participates in Contest, International Exhibitions, Meetings. It is widespread especially in the United States, then in Europe, very little in Italy. Some very talented artists exhibit their work at galleries and museums all over the world.
Mobile Art is a democratic art, accessible to everyone. In this lies the true revolution. An art that can be realized and then shared on the other side by the world by anyone, avoiding galleries, museums and institutions. An art that can be enjoyed by everyone and created by any “potential artist”. An art within the reach of any ‘visionary’, free, open to creativity and the free circulation of ideas. An art that uses the network and has the speed of the network. “The digital man” is among us and looks to the future with new tools and new ways. And the diffusion of this artistic movement, as well as the quality of the work produced, require critics and intellectuals (together with the common man) to pay a great attention.

Our Era is going through a technological revolution of a scale never seen before. And we are the protagonists.

All colors of the world

“All colors of the world” Exhibition

“All colors of the world” Exhibition will take place in Cagliari from March 27 to April 10, 2020 in the wonderful MEM Gallery. The theme is “All colors of the world” and the Exhibition will concern images made with mobile devices (iPhone, iPad and smartphones in general) produced by artists from all over the world. A jury will select 20 images, one for artist. Each registration includes the submission of 4 images to mobileartca@gmail.com. Fee 35 euros. They will be printed on glossy photo paper and framed 30×40 format. Do not send square images. Images with WATERMARKS, FRAMES, BORDERS and SIGNATURES will not be considered and fee not refunded. The artists retains all copyright for their images. Deadline to send images: March 2.

€35,00

Mentorship Project

I added a mentoring program to MAG MobileArtGroup Facebook so that mobile artists can provide assistance to another person in our community and/ or receive it.

I’m happy to see all of us establishing stronger relationships with other people and I hope they will sign up.

Anyone interested in receiving assistance (about apps, various techniques, difficulties in editing) from a member of the group or giving them, should write their own comment here.

When we have a list of names between those who ask for assistance and those who are willing to give it, I will activate the program.

Overlap

One of the possibilities that I love most in Mobile Art is the overlap of layers.

I love starting from a photo, editing it, overlaying other photos or stickers or drawing on it to get a new image that comes from an idea or an emotion.

To get the overlap I use different apps. A few years ago I used Superimpose and now I often use iColorama. I love this apps because it offers me so many editing possibilities. But I also use Snapseed for the same reason or Leonardo. Diana is fun, Enlight is fabulous.

What is your favorite app for overlapping layers in your editing work? I asked the MAG artists on MAG MobileArtGroup Facebook and there are the answers here.

www.facebook.com/groups/928088963999818/

Eliza Badoiu

Eliza Badoiu is a great artist who has participated in many international exhibitions. She has won prestigious awards and she’s considered one of the major mobile artists.

She has her roots in Greece but lives in Romania. She has participated in group and solo exhibition since 2015. Her works have been exhibited in England, France, Italy, Portugal, Hungary, Latin America, California and Canada. She took part as a juror in “The Beauty Myth” Exhibition, a large art exhibition of mobile artists in Milan (May 2018).

 

Eliza Badoiu now takes part in the MAG section dedicated to interviews with mobile artists.

 

Usually they are portraits and often they are in B&W.
 1) What is the reason for choosing to work around this artistic genre?
It’s all so true that I basically perform all of my artsy digital self portraits in monochrome as I feel that my work and the emotion generated within the frame can be better and easily associated with the primarily of BnW. I suppose it is by the monochrome effective filters that I somehow manage to transmit the moody atmosphere of the female psyche . I guess perceiving time as a recollection of memories and instants in bnw is what drives me towards it , indeed.
 2) What inspires you when you work on an image?
 
Inspiration is such a subtle word and concept that I don’t have one single, definite answer in relation to this question . Sometimes it is the frame inside that moves freely and it recomposes by its own wish , sometimes it is my stubbornness of acquiring a certain something that really shapes the final cut of the image . The major thing that sticks with me during the process is myself and the mood I deal with while working . It can be an emotion , a frustration I happen to have or simply the beauty that the moment both accidentally and so intentionally brings at times .
3) How does your creative process usually proceed?
 
I always start from shooting a self portrait image. And after it the editing proceedings settle in , having infinite, also potentially innumerable perspectives . I happen to work with different approaches on the same shot and then find it really difficult to decide which is the best idea of the initial shot . That’s why the feedback received in the virtual online social media really helps .
4) Are there artists in the art world in general that inspire you?
There are tons of artists whose works I really appreciate and can be inspirational to my eye , specially from the mobile phone community , but each and every of them deal with the uniqueness of their own style, so it would be rather difficult to just name a few. I am
Fortunate to be part of this enormously talented community , that’s al that matters sharing emotions and vibes and tons of images rather than sharing names .
5) What do you think of the controversy concerning advertising and fashion that is accused of using the female body as “an object”?
 
Fashion can be simply associated with the idea of being marketed for sales and at times the female body is a good and profitable image to be sold and offered to the viewer, as it’s a subject that attracts and created awareness , not always in the best of ways .
I do not agree with the idea of presenting the female body as an object but in today’s society there are women who strive for the idea of selling because of their appearance and body features , so I would be quite in between in placing the blame on the society and fashion which trends this idea or on women themself looking for celebrity this way . It’s only a matter of choice and serene logic the way you choose to display your body with and to others’ attention as long as you really feel that you belong in that area/field. For me the female body has other valence and virtues than selling a product . However it can acquire a certain mood and emotion- therefore becoming more than just a tool- male or female be it .
6) Your portraits are always inspired and very creative.  Have you ever worked in the fashion field?
I have never worked in fashion but I love certain common sense aspects of being influenced , rather inspired by fashion, not as an industry but as a form of a somewhat artistic  vehicle . Fashion can generate emotion and numerous levels of interpreting common things . I love the semiotics presented in a good editorial. I grew up with following CK’s famous campaigns on fragrances and jeans and underwear  under the famous era of the 90’s supermodels as well as the iconic Guess ideal of feminine beauty and there is where I belong when talking fashion , back in the 90’s idea of beauty.
 7) What would you think about Mobile Art?
What was the evolution of this art form from 2010 to today?
I have been operating on mobile since 2014 and it has been a massively huge development in terms of evolutive perspective about this form of artistic expression . I am
Sure it will only go bigger and beyond with the latest technology and improvements regarding camera resolutions and apps . So I’ll always be in for it !
8) Can I ask you what are your future projects?
I would  love start putting another book of images together and have my works exhibited in a show of my own , solely … and I am working to make it happen . Otherwise, I follow whichever collaborations happen to jump my way via the virtual world , online publications and being featured in online magazines . I wish I had become better and more professional in printing my own works or gaining more knowledge towards different media; having my works printed and just play around and maybe creating around the idea of digital collage out of some works.

 

Pictorialism

“PICTORIALISM is the name given to an international style and aesthetic movement that dominated photography during the later 19th and early 20th centuries. There is no standard definition of the term, but in general it refers to a style in which the photographer has somehow manipulated what would otherwise be a straightforward photograph as a means of “creating” an image rather than simply recording it. Typically, a pictorial photograph appears to lack a sharp focus (some more so than others), is printed in one or more colors other than black-and-white (ranging from warm brown to deep blue) and may have visible brush strokes or other manipulation of the surface. For the pictorialist, a photograph, like a painting, drawing or engraving, was a way of projecting an emotional intent into the viewer’s realm of imagination.

Pictorialism as a movement thrived from about 1885 to 1915, although it was still being promoted by some as late as the 1940s. It began in response to claims that a photograph was nothing more than a simple record of reality, and transformed into an international movement to advance the status of all photography as a true artform.”

Nicki Fitzgerald