Dialing to Create a Blog

David Hockney's iPhone art

David Hockney's iPhone art

What do you think of when you think of phone art?  Do you think of Web sites like phoneart.com that sell cell phone faceplates and accessories?

Have you seen examples of artwork from cell phone artists who have creatively incorporated cell phone images into paintings or drawings or actual cell phones or parts into structural works of art?

In 2009, celebrated U.K. artist David Hockney began using his iPhone to paint.  And, in 2011, a Pittsburgh based artist T. Foley showed the world how cell phone ring tones can be used to create art via her Locally Toned website project.

The late artist Lloyd Skidmore III of Raleigh, N.C., experimented with a different kind of phone art.  Skidmore would physically call individuals, sometimes friends, sometimes strangers, and then ask, “What are you doing right now?”  Depending on their answers, Skidmore would immediately begin painting “in the moment” portraits of them as he envisioned.

Do you think Skidmore’s phone art approach could be applied to blog writing?  Here’s my attempt:

November 20, 2011 phone call to a friend:

My question:  What are you doing?

Her answer:  I’m doing my hair, and, a little later, I’m going to walk down the street to welcome some new neighbors at a drop-by party.

My immediate translation into blog art in poetry form:


As she sat waiting for her hair to curl,
her thoughts drifted not ahead, but back. 

Back to the memories and
back through the years.

Back through her trail of
joys and tears.

Where are those moments?
Where is the time?

Where are my pearls, and
where is the wine?

I’m not convinced that Skidmore’s phone art creative approach can successfully be applied to blog writing, but it was fun to explore the technique.  What do you think?  Please let me know if you dare to dial and draft!


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