The LA MOBILE ARTS FESTIVAL OF INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS (LA MAFia) opened at the Santa Monica Art Studios in August 2012 garnering international media attention from organizations such as CNN, Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, NBC, NASDAQ, Daily Mail. More than 2000 people came from around the world to view the exhibition and 68 pieces sold in just 8 days.
A primary reason the exhibition drew so much praise was the unexpected presentation of the artwork. Over 600 pieces were shown in print, mounted on hand-crafted bamboo panels, printed on aluminum plates, on glass, on coated mirrors, presented in vintage Victorian frames. Some prints were nearly 4 feet tall—and every piece was museum quality. This unique, high-calibur presentation of mobile art is the defining characteristic of the iPrints Store, which produced all the work for the festival.
Following the success of the show, the iPrints Store is now opening to the general public, bringing the opportunity for mobile artists everywhere to take advantage of the experience and vision of the iPrints Store team, and print their work with the quality necessary to appeal to art buyers and advance their career in today's exploding world of mobile art.
Rangefinder: The Magazine for Professional Photographers: “Following the recent LA Mobile Arts Festival 2012, iPhoneArt.com has opened its online iPrints Store to the general public. The newly expanded service gives iPhoneographers the ability to display their images on a curated space or have them printed with the quality necessary to appeal to art buyers.”
The Guardian - UK: “Pioneering online forums such as iphoneart.com...are showcasing some amazing mobile photographers and artists...and are leading the way in a new genre of photography.”
Los Angeles Times: Photography: “The LA Mobile Arts Festival is a must-see.”
NBC - Southern California: “It’s a pity that the home of the iPhone couldn’t have hosted such an amazing arts festival, but perhaps now that Santa Monica has shown what can be done — maybe that will change. Are you listening, Cupertino?”
-Barbara E. Hernandez
Barron’s: “Photography on the iPhone is exploding, with even the pros getting in on the act. The gallery to line up at: iPhoneArt.com.”
The Huffington Post: “Forget Instagram! There are much more profound ways of sharing your iPhone snapshots.”
CNN: “Smartphone artwork is increasingly becoming recognized as a viable new media form, providing an opportunity for veterans to expand their style and reach.”
Architectural Digest: “In the excitement [over mobile art] international communities have emerged like Instagram…and, one step further, The Mobile Photo Group iPhoneArt.com which features the work of professional artists among its members.”
PhotoWorld: “a widly circulated photography magazine published by Xinhua, China’s leading news agency, recently published a 4 page spread on the LA Mobile Arts Festival.”
CNET: “LA Mobile Arts Festival showcases some of the most impressive examples of iPhone photography around.”
NASDAQ - News and Commentary: “Our participation with the LA Mobile Arts Festival and iPhoneArt.com enables us to directly connect to an entirely new segment of consumer looking to print high-quality art, illustrations and digital photographs from iPhones and iPads. We couldn’t be more pleased to take part in this unique event.”
-Mark D. Tullio, vice president of worldwide marketing, Lantronix.
LAist: “Move Over Instagrammers: Mobile Arts Festival hits Santa Monica this weekend.”
Daily Mail - UK: “Dial into iPhoneography: The stunning images taken with an iPhone (and a little help from some very clever apps)”
LA Weekly: “LA Mobile Arts Festival Showcases iPhone, iPad art, with not even one shot of a Yelped dinner.”
360˚ Interactive Tour: “Being a part of the LA-MAF as a speaker and as part of the gallery show was great company to be in. It was invigorating and reassuring to see such incredible work hung in such an imaginative professional way. It was a clear mile post in the evolution of the "Mobile Movement"”
-Dan Marcoina, author of iPhone Obsessed and AppAlchemy
Madhouse Muse: “a fantastic video of the LA Mobile Arts Festival with artist interviews.”
Xinhua News Agency - China: “The festival has developed into a dynamic hybrid with an art gala, high tech works, and a celebration of the mobile art movement around the world.”
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P3 - Portugal: “Many are aware of Instagram…but that is not enough. The LA Mobile Arts Festival introduces new words into our dictionary: ‘iPhoneography’ and ‘iPhonic’…diminishing the prejudice fellow iPhoneographers used to face as recently as one year ago.”
TUAW: “Los Angeles’ first Mobile Arts Festival shows off photography and art created on iOS devices”
ComputerWorld: “The existence of the event shows iPhones and iPads are indeed tools for creative expression.”
Los Angeles Times: Business: “iPhone art festival coming to L.A. may be biggest of its kind.”
FingerPainted: “Nathaniel Park talks about the LA Mobile Arts Festival 2012.”