Press Release: Srividya Kannan Ramachandran: “A.I. Generated Art”

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Srividya Kannan Ramachandran

“A.I. Generated Art”

October 30 - November 24, 2018

Opening reception, Thursday, November 1st, 6-8PM

Closing reception on Saturday November 24th, 4-6PM

 

Chelsea, NYC: Viridian Artists is pleased to present "A.I. Generated Art", our first solo exhibition of AI-generated images by Srividya Kannan Ramachandran. Her exhibition continues from October 30th to November 24th, 2018 with an opening reception, Thursday, November 1st, 6-8PM and a closing reception on Saturday November 24th, 4-6PM.


“A.I. Generated Art” is a collection of images that were generated from an A.I.’s consciousness. All but one of the images (can you guess which?) in this show were entirely created by artificial neural networks. Like a parent or teacher teaching art to a student, Ramachandran trained the artificial brain with her pre-existing corpus of abstract art. After the training process is complete, the A.I. is free to generate new art in the same style that it has learned. The promise of imbuing a machine with creativity opens new vistas for “art” as we define and know it.


For decades now, computers have been used to automate routine and tedious tasks. But what lay beyond the ability of computers, was to simulate the human intelligence, and even beyond that, lay artistic creativity. Technology has evolved to a point where A.I. can now “learn” from an artist and generate new art by itself. What then is the meaning of art? This ground-breaking work by Ramachandran, a data scientist by day and an artist by night, at the intersection of technology and art, seeks to redefines aesthetics for an A.I. dominated future.

 
In Ramachandran’s words – “The purpose of my art is to delight those who set aside searching for purposes in life, if only it be for the brief time they spend gazing at my work. Beneath the ever-running reductionist outer mind, we all possess a silent mental substratum. Reposing in this substratum – termed ‘chitta’ in Sanskrit – yields a serene sense of bliss and also an effortless identification with a universal transcendent self. Our innate propensities embedded in our sub-conscious prevent us from resting perpetually in this tranquil state. Instead, these propensities impel us to react to all inputs in Pavlovian reflexive fashion.”

 

The aim of Ramachandran’s art then is to gently attenuate these propensities by using abstraction to directly color the chitta and induce in it a sense of “impersonal” delight that is distinct from the usual responses of either joy or disappointment. Art perceived by this inner intuitive self, escapes the confines of being the artist’s work solely and is uniquely reborn in every gaze on it within each distinct individual.

 

The artist will be speaking about the technical details of creating these works at MLConf 2018, a machine learning conference in San Francisco on November 14, 2018.

 

This will be Ramachandran’s first solo show at Viridian Artists. She was initially invited to become a part of Viridian after being one of 30 artists selected for the Director’s Choice exhibit, a juried exhibit that happens periodically at Viridian. We look forward to your seeing these wonderful new artworks.

 

Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12-6PM

For further information please contact Vernita Nemec, Gallery Director at 212 414 4040 or viridianartistsinc@gmail.com

or view the gallery website: www.viridianartists.com

Ellen Burnett Open Studio

Things that have potential beyond their initial existence; 
they speak to me.

- Open Studio Evening -

Come see the artist in her natural habitat!

Thursday, July 12, 6 - 8pm, 34 Liberty Place, Weehawken, NJ

   All Our Yesterdays  , 29"w x 25"h x 3.5"d. Mixed Media including various woods, metals, glass, feathers, paper, orange peel, fabric, ceramic, pine needles, bone, bronze spill.  www.ellenburnett.com

All Our Yesterdays, 29"w x 25"h x 3.5"d. Mixed Media including various woods, metals, glass, feathers, paper, orange peel, fabric, ceramic, pine needles, bone, bronze spill.

www.ellenburnett.com

Superfine! Art Fair Reviewed in New York Magazine

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 MAY 2, 2018 6:09 PM
An Art Fair Where the Pieces Come to Life
By Melania Hidalgo

Have you ever been to an art fair where the sculptures come to life, and human models are used as canvases? The second annual Superfine! Art fair opens today in New York’s Meatpacking District, once again blurring the line between performance and immersion. The week-long exhibit will feature a variety of art shows, summits, markets, and tastings. On Wednesday night, renowned body-painter Trina Merry will stage live re-creations of her “Lust of Currency”series, in which she paints over her models to blend in with historically iconic works of art like Edvard Munch’s The Scream, or van Gogh’s Self Portrait, as a take on society’s materialist culture.

Following Merry’s show, members of the Heidi Latsky Dance troupe will act as living effigies, embodying a moving sculpture court that silently merges with the evening spectators.

Founded in 2015 by entrepreneur Alex Mitow, the fair aims to promote high-quality affordable artwork to ordinary city dwellers and aficionados, providing a platform to both experience and purchase local and internationally sourced pieces. The fair will exhibit 78 art galleries, solo projects, and collectives, with certain live ticketed events throughout the week.

This year, the program has placed a strong emphasis on spotlighting young female talent and progressive politics: 70 percent of the showcased artists are women, with a base reflecting people of color and the LGBTQ community. Following the XX Perspective Female Arts Summit featuring curators and art directors, the fair reserved its popular Saturday-night slot for the “Girls’ Night Out (for Art!)” cocktail party and live music performances, the proceeds of which will go to the evening’s host, the Lower Eastside Girls Club.

Beginning as a small project in Miami, Superfine! has now become a national interactive exposition with full-scale installments in New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and Mexico City.

Superfine! opens Wednesday, May 2, at 9 p.m. and will run through Sunday at 8 p.m. Tickets are available here starting at $12 for general admission, and up to $85 for the Art Warrior All-Access pass. Scroll below for a selection of images from this year’s installation.

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 Saxon Woods Pool, by Mary Tooley Parker. Photo: Mary Tooley Parker