If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after being fed through Faceapp (which can change age, gender, etc.), then altered in Photoshop, and then painted in Corel Painter. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from parallel dimensions or alternate universes.
We got a full-on brunette this time. I found a new way to tweak out the neural network to produce more distant cousins, so to speak. There’s no option to change hair color, or race… There used to be in a separate version which was SHUT DOWN before I ever got my hands on it because the social justice advocates decided, in their infinite wisdom, that anything that has to do with race simply must be racist, violent, and genocidal. I’m exaggerating slightly, I hope. But they most assuredly did kill the app. Nevertheless, I have found a way to confuse the AI and get some interesting results that are further afield in terms of complexion… Indeed, I have some that are obviously black. I may include a few of those very judiciously, as the possible backlash is as vehement as it is predictable. That kind of content must be approached carefully, sensitively, intelligently, and strategically. This female may not be 100% white. Shhhhh.
[Note: I partly chose this one because my girlfriend liked the “big pink lips”, and thought she had some attitude.]
The previous 2 were a bit heavy. We had the prisoner and the girl in the psyche ward with stitches on her forehead suggesting she’d had some invasive therapy to make her more normal.
This one I thought would be not comic relief, but a WINK letting use know that we and the subjects are in on the gag. These aren’t real people, and yet, here one would be participating in the dialogue, in a way. And, well, she had her own ideas and didn’t just want to give an acknowledging wink.
Sure, I had the idea of throwing a Japanese movie monster in the background. And then I chose Gan-Q because of the pink bolts of energy coming out of his eye, which would, with a little finesse, match her lips. But only after working on it a while did it occur to me that her wink had changed. There are two open eyes in the painting, and Gan-Q’s is on a direct horizontal line from her closed eye. That was NOT intentional, not consciously, and yet is Survey of Art History 101 compositional logic.
And so I feel a little like the figures are F’ing with me. That last one didn’t go in the direction I intended either. She was also going to step out of character a bit and acknowledge being aware she was in something like the Matrix, but instead she acknowledged her still, enduring presence in a moment of self-reflection (she looks like she’s looking at herself in a mirror). I wanted this one to be light, but, now there’s a figure conveying a message I hadn’t preconceived and I’m not sure what it says exactly. Does she control the monster (who fought Godzilla AND Ultra-man), or are they the same creature.
I wanted the background to be preposterous, but now it rather seamlessly fits. I like the ambiguity, and mystery. I’ve said all along that this project is a collaboration with AI, but it’s also a collaboration with my subconscious and perhaps with the entities that are emerging.
And now for some details
All 19 so far (in chronological order):
Stay tuned for more entities to emerge. There will be surprises.
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