The urn

The urn

Piece description from the artist

In my first generation of AI brains, I trained in my garage for days on bold color field paintings and I was able to get some powerful and playful images. Even though this first generation resulted in smaller sample images, the colors and shapes were vibrant. This one in particular caught my imagination along with a similar one found in a different batch. I realized that by combining these smaller images that the expressive abilities of this AI brain were made more obvious. This piece is the result of combining and connecting two images.

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About Michael Powers

Wailuku, HI

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?'

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