Piece description from the artist
I trained an AI brain to understand bold color field paintings. Once the AI started to create its own pieces, I discovered that it favored organic features along with bright colors. It also seemed to relish working with fat brush strokes and white space. This piece stood out with its vibrant liquid background with 'living' cells making up the composition.
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?'