Art for the AI generation
Art and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Rutgers University
I was going to do a post about art after coming home from Target the other day. They sell art - paintings - painted in China. At least I think it's China. You can have anything copied in China, and online retailers can arrange that or simply sell knock offs, while others like Pier One Imports and Target sell original art - sofa size paintings at affordable, even cheap prices.
In fact, recently I saw a piece painted by an acquaintance which reminded me of some of the Target and Pier One original paintings I've come across lately. His work would sell for much more than the 'designer' art which seems to be flooding the market. Designer catalogs offer similar art comparable to emerging and famous artist's paintings found at an art show or gallery. Which means, some day there will be a lot of art floating around which may or may not be anything more than 'decorator art'.
Now there is Artificial Intelligence work to compete with.
Why bother? I wonder how much of my stuff has ended up trashed or in a garage sale, or gessoed over for someone else to paint for a school project? I saw a piece at an antique dealer once - an icon being sold as a Russian work. Then of course, there is my Fatima icon that looks to have been painted over and claimed as an original by the 'icon writer'.
I may burn everything I have left.