Piece description from the artist
I trained an AI brain over the course of a week on bold color field paintings. The results were a series of neon images with bold lines and contrasting colors. This image surprised me with its simplicity, almost like the branch of a tree with a caterpillar lounging in the sun after eating a tasty leaf.
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?'