Test Prints on Canvas!

Posted: July 31, 2020 at 4:16 pm

I got some test prints from my printer! The images above are #19 (top) and #4 (bottom). #4 looks pretty fantastic; the blacks are quite deeps and the whites quite bright; visually comparing with my Endura Metallic prints, the blacks are a little lighter but the whites are quite close. I was a little concerned about the (relatively) low resolution of these works both due to the source images and also due to the slowness of processing. Looking at the digital file you can see a little banding due to the subtle gradients, but these look very seamless and the texture of the canvas certainly contributes to the smoothness.

While #19 was quite popular in my Twitter pole, it seems to fall quite flat on canvas; I think the luminosity contrast is too low. Looking at the luminosity contrast of the other short-listed compositions, it looks like #22, #24, and perhaps #3 could also fall quite flat. If I choose not to print those, I would eliminate the more contemporary paintings including cubist and surrealist pieces. The remainder source paintings were made from 1517 to 1633, so quite a narrow window. I’m unsure how to proceed, but I think I’ll need more test prints. I also did not include some of these in my video versions, so I’ll do some of that work next.

“Machines of the Present Consume the Imaginations of the Past” (Moving Images) 2020

“Machines of the present consume the imaginations of the past” is a series of prints and moving images generated by machine interpretations of the canon of Western painting. These still and moving images emerge from interactions between machine imagination and the underlying statistical properties of the training data. Appropriated paintings are deconstructed pixel by pixel where the similarity of colour values determine emergent compositions. Paintings are selected to form a historical arc from the emphasis on realism during the Northern European renaissance, to the surrealist and cubist problematizations of realism that manifest the tension between realism and abstraction. Moving images show the subjective decompositional process from the original to an emergent abstract form.


Enclosure Design!

Posted: July 28, 2020 at 1:00 pm

This aspect of the project has been quite slow and I have not been up to date on the blog; my last post was when I finished my first sketchy drawing in December! The company I had originally gotten a quote from no longer was able to do the job, which included technical drawing, design and fabrication in wood and metal. I approached quite a few companies but no one was able to do all aspects of the job and / or did not want to take on the design task.

After desperate searching my partner suggested I ask a friend of hers and Robert Billard has taken on the design and technical drawing task! This is a real favour since an architect is far over qualified for a small job like this. Thanks to him, this part of the project is finally moving and I should be able to get realistic quotes for the metal fabrication job! The images following show various renderings of the enclosure through a number of iterations; they are incomplete, but do give a sense of progress from older (top) to newer (bottom).


Painting Short List After Epoch Training!

Posted: July 6, 2020 at 2:37 pm

Since I revisited many of the paintings and used the epoch training method used for the videos, I’ve made a longer revised short list of paintings and here they are all together:

Painting #24 with Epoch Training

Posted: July 6, 2020 at 2:16 pm

This painting did not make the previous short list due to the patchy colour (bottom image); I thought I would go back to it with epoch training, and I’m quite happy with the results!