We’ve all been there: you’re looking at a stack of wood that’s been covered in dust bunnies, dipped in resin and topped with decaying vanilla cakes covered in strawberry frosting. Is it art? Good question. It could be. Or it could simply be junk. These days, it’s hard to tell what separates art from everything all around us.
Which is why the good folks at the Mattress Factory (the contemporary arts center) and Deeplocal (a new media development and marketing company) in Pittsburgh have developed this must-have tool for the contemporary art aficionado: an iPhone application that tells you — definitively — whether what you’re looking at is truly art. (For the record, the staff here at C-Mon may have had something to do with the writing of the application’s text.)
A very special thanks to the wonderful Jeffrey Inscho at the Mattress Factory and Nathan Martin, David Evans and Eamae Mirkin and the rest of the incredible team at Deeplocal. You guys are the best mischief-makers a girl could ever ask for.