Algorithm Map Paintings

The algorithm map paintings are copies of digitally generated images and engage the following ideas: the creation of a hybrid object that challenges existing (and generally considered mutually exclusive) categories of digital vs. analog, machine-made vs. handmade, and copy vs. original; the humor and absurdity inherent in spending an exorbitant amount of time to craft a flawed, handmade copy of an originally digital object that could be perfectly copied in milliseconds; and the notion of representing the activity of a computer algorithm by taking a snapshot or a series of snapshots during its run. Ironically, in the end my flawed copy becomes an original since copying perfectly by hand is impossible – machines can make more accurate and precise copies than humans.

After transferring an algorithmically generated printout to panel, I render each colored dot as a paint droplet, strictly following the computer output while deliberately leaving the occasional error, as when two adjacent droplets merge together. Next, layers of paint are repeatedly built up and removed, using spray painting and sanding, such that the droplets become raised dots, surrounded by tiny rings of color.

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