Piece description from the artist
This portrait was produced by an AI 'brain' after training it for a number of days on contemporary portraits. The character that emerged from this set of images reminded me of the musicians at a Café that presents Flamenco. The drummer who plays the Cajon is an especially animated musician and this portrait captures his energy. Its especially true with the wild eye, red lips and head that floats above the neck.
Michael Powers is an artist based in Maui. His works include oil paintings and images generated from individually trained AI 'brains' that create new work at the boundaries of artistic expression. As one of the few artists exploring the new medium of neural networks, Michael weaves his unique combination of painting experience and software design skills to handcraft images that explore how the computer sees us.
Michael was an early member of the founding team at YouTube where he explored how computer algorithms could select and elevate the best videos. In this new era of smart networks that are learning to drive cars, create viral memes and master other skills that we once believed only people could do well he asks the question in his artwork, 'how do we partner with computers that are starting to express themselves artistically?'