Art intimidating life
The thought of striking up a conversation with a gallery owner can seem daunting.And the alternative — scrolling through countless paintings and prints online — isn’t much easier.But what really catches my eye are Eddy’s 3-D “creatures” decorated with wooden balls, frayed rope, pins and light bulbs— the softly glowing light and shiny surface make me want to reach out and touch it.It seems like Edmiston and Eddy are trying to interact with their audience.Other new apps let you tap into your phone’s camera roll to see what your own photos would look like hanging in your hallway.Most of the apps, which can be downloaded for free on i Tunes, build on the augmented reality development platform that Apple released last year, allowing you to shop from a particular collection of art and use your cellphone camera to virtually hang a three-dimensional rendering of pieces you like on your wall.
After a simple calibration step in which you align a green line with the base of your wall, a correctly sized 3-D image of the art will appear on your wall, giving a surprisingly realistic idea of how that Joan Miró print would look in your bathroom.
Even if you find something you like at a price you can afford, trying to figure out what it would look like hanging over your living room sofa may be enough to relegate the purchase to the bottom of your wish list.
To eliminate that last hurdle and help you visualize a limited-edition print or an abstract painting on your wall, online art sellers like and Saatchi Art have been developing apps that allow you to try out works at home using virtual and augmented reality.
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