Artist Chris Rodley used a deep learning algorithm to merge a book of dinosaurs with a book of flower paintings. The images were generated with an online service called DeepArt that lets you upload a “target” image and then apply a visual style to it. For step one he fed the network images of common dinosaurs and then applied the styles of 19th-century fruit engravings and botanical illustrations.
Los Angeles based Esther Pearl Watson grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Her family moved often, since her father’s hobby of building huge flying saucers out of scrap metal and car engines didn’t always sit well with the neighbors.
Her work is autobiographical and full of fun with her signature naive style but true painting talent. She has a wide range of styles, but it’s all rich in detail and symbolism, and powerful in its impact. Watson’s pieces are often overtly narrative, clear but mysterious scenes of houses or figures ornamented with snippets of prose telling just enough to get the viewer’s own imagination engaged, wanting to know more.
Waka Yoshida was born in Iwate prefecture in 1983 and graduated from Setsu Mode Gakuen in 2008. She began making works that resembled miniature garden-like landscapes on top of geological formations.
Her work conjures a feeling of nostalgia and embraces a sense of familiarity in her appreoaches to dinosaurs and geology. Combining painting and objects she constructs an imaginary world based on the ancient history of the Earth. Borders may at times bring conflict in the clash of cultures, but they also give rise to the emergence of new forms and encounters. Yoshida explores borders with this affirmative tendency, searching out something that shines even within a world of sadness.
The UK’s Museum of Natural History is showcasing a badass show at the moment, Age of the Dinosaur, based on the findings that China have unearthed in terms of dinos over the past few decades and beyond. Highlights include a T.Rex footprint, a recreation of the T.Rex’s friend, the Tarbosaurus, and a simulated dig.
Not sure what to make of Jay Jay Burridge and his Lazarides Beverly Hills show, “When Superstars Ruled the World.” We just thought superstars still ruled the world?
But then you read the press release, and you understand that “When Superstars Ruled the World will feature ten huge hand-built dinosaurs made of industrial packing materials, manipulated into occasional activities such as sipping tea, playing instruments, surfing and break-dancing.”
And then Jay Jay’s show is fresh. Check out his website.
The exhibition will be open to the public from 12-8pm daily (August 13 – August 26, 2010)