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The App Worth a Thousand Words

The ability of some bloggers I follow to procure great visual content is astounding. Not being a visual artist myself, or even remotely tuned into the world of art, I don’t even know where to look. Google image search is great if you know where to start – a name, a piece, a place. Simply looking up ‘cool/funky/fantastic/local art’ doesn’t really work. So when I read a Brit & Co piece about ‘tinder for art’ Avant Arte, I went straight to the app store.

“We believe art reflects the imagined truth of our past, present, and future destinies. For all of us. That is what art is supposed to do. It is supposed to inspire. It is our everything. All art everything.” The Avant Arte manifesto

I can see a lot of criticism coming from the ‘tinder’ style swipe left/right for pieces you like/dislike. Where is the thought? Where is the pensive peering and commenting on the ‘tremendous use of light’? Those who want their work to be examined for an extended period of time may not find Avant Arte suited to their taste. And for those who like to observe art from all angles – turn it, get close, stand back – might find the app one dimensional. However, there’s something to be said for the gut reaction – especially with visual art (as opposed to, you know, people). There’s a chat space as well as a built in purchasing mechanism (that I’m too broke to try, sadly).

A lot of my reaction to visual art is instantaneous. I am quick to feel things (not only about art) and staring at the same piece for ages does me no service towards understanding the piece. Additionally, artists who chose to join Avant Arte know what they’re in for. I’m not a visual artist, but I imagine its a welcome space for those whose names may be sorted to the bottom of a twitter/instagram algorithim.

I’m all for this quick introduction to the world of visual art. It’s certianly opening the world of it to me. While I love browsing galleries and museums, I rarely remember the names of artists. With this app, all my favourite pictures and artists are stored handily on my phone – so when I am a bit more in the green, I may be able to buy some of the pieces I love.  Download the app for free on iOS, give it a whirl, and let me know what you think in the comments! 

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