New beginnings, old endings, secrets secreting, 2019

Installation view of New beginnings, old endings, secrets secreting, 2019
unique pigmented prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag, 14 x 11 to 40 x 32 inches


This work delves into the worlds of photo manipulation and machine vision. I used my past work “Color, Balance” as a data set to train a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) to create new images based on portraits I find online. The result of this process is the base for new paintings I further alter in Photoshop. The works I create have a soft haunting quality to them and are self-portraits as much as images of others. When neural networks produce images they are often referred to as dreams due to the soft surreal-like quality of the picture. I have imbued these works with my own fears and hopes; real and imagined, small and large, wholesome and vapid.
Mark