By Harry McCracken | Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 3:59 pm
“The iPad is for consuming content, not creating it.” iPad skeptics have been repeating that mantra for months now. It’s become clear that the rap is a snippy, simple-minded exaggeration of two more specific facts about Apple’s tablet:
But while it’s true that the iPad can’t replace a Mac or Windows PC for every creative task, the evidence is piling up mighty fast that it is an exciting creative tool. Yesterday night, I dropped in on a San Francisco art show called Future/Canvas, and I can’t imagine any rational human being attending the event and continuing to maintain that the iPad is only for passive, sheeplike intake of content.
(Sorry for the quality of the photos that follow–I snapped them with an iPhone 3GS. Sadly, it’s a mediocre creative tool, at least as far as its photographic capabilities go.)
As far as I know, Future/Canvas was the first multiple-artist show that consisted entirely of works created with iPads. Much of the art on display was in the form of prints of digital paintings and drawings created with apps such as Brushes and SketchBook Pro…
But iPad art was being created on the premises, too…
The exhibit’s music was courtesy of Rana Sobhany, a DJ who does her thing with…well, look below.
I chatted with Josh Michaels, creator of Magic Window and one of Future/Canvas’s organizers. I asked him if he planned to mount more iPad-art shows, and he paused and mulled it over before answering: He wasn’t sure, because it was an expensive proposition. I’ll bet this isn’t the last event of this sort, though. And I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if art created on iPads becomes so common that it stopped being noteworthy. I mean, when did you last hear anyone making a fuss over art simply because it was created on a Mac or a Windows PC?