This Is the Modern World

Smartphones changed the way we take and look at pictures almost overnight: The photographs they give us are in-the-moment, often grainy or unfocused, and given up completely to fancy, almost part of a genre all its own. It's also evolved to the point that images in the smartphone spirit don't necessarily have to be taken on phones; Rupert Jenkins of the Colorado Photographic Arts Center calls this the "i" sensibility. And that's what Jenkins and CPAC want to convey with the two-part juried show iWorld, which opens today at the CPAC gallery and the Denver Central Library. "We'll see more cell-phone imagery, for sure" says Jenkins. "That's inescapable. Everything else is up to the people who take them, to instill their own personality, their individuality, in the work. The artists who are able to move beyond using the phone apps are the ones who will be most successful."

To create this exhibit, jurors Chuck Mobley and Brian Paul Camp chose a vast selection of artists and images inspired by the direct-response visual world we live in, and also set up a solo show-within-a-show featuring New York photographer Charles Ludeke. CPAC, located at 445 South Saulsbury Street in Lakewood's Belmar complex, will host a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight, as well as an artist tour of the exhibit from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on January 14; the CPAC portion of the show, featuring works by photographers from across the nation, runs through February 11. The library's portion, an all-Colorado show, is in the fifth-floor Western History Gallery, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway, where it closes on March 25 with a reception and tour from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit or call 303-837-1341.
Jan. 10-Feb. 11, 2012

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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