Piece description from the artist
This piece is the result of two images from the first generation of AI brain I trained in my garage over the course of a week. Slowly the 'brain' learned across a set of bold color field paintings about how to structure dark and light areas and colors. These two images the AI created caught my eye as reflections of each other, as if seen in a pool of water when standing at the edge. The AI learned to create a natural background and strong areas of bold color composed serenely. I quite like the combination together.
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?'