Artist and educator
Von Flue begins these paintings by using an A.I. to create digital images. He fine-tunes the pictures to a point where they might be reminiscent of reality, but don't resolve completely.
Then, using the AI image as a reference, he recreates the picture using traditional oil painting techniques, attempting to copy the unique effects of A.I. generated images This transfer of digital image into reality is at the heart of the series
"In studying the image while working, my mind wants to make sense of it- searching for recognizable elements- to make the jumble that the A.I. has built into something that I recognize from our world. And I have to resist the urge to accentuate these things while working..."
"If I can paint the same way that a still life artist might paint a bowl of fruit, I find that the image has a better chance of retaining the otherworldly features that I responded to in the first place..."
"Sometimes I think of it as taking art lessons from an Artificial Intelligence. It is over my shoulder, suggesting that I loosen up, let go of any conclusions that I might have made about the subject, and paint only what I can see.
My art explores how we translate tradition and aesthetics into our dynamic modern world. Through the works in this series and others, I seek to demonstrate how we can use technology to enhance craft and individuality.