Several exhibits at the 2011 PittsburghBiennial recently came to a close, and if you are in the area I hope you had the chance to check them out! There were exhibits at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and the Carnegie Museum of Art.
At the Center for the Arts artist Adam Shreckhise spent the past 4.5 months using his creation “PAM” (Portrait of the Artist as a Machine) to make beautiful paintings. You can read more about his process and PAM here.
Experiencing PAM in person at the Center for the Arts was a multi-sensory experience. The noise and motion of the machine and the unpredictable nature of the paint as it hit the canvas was truly captivating to witness.
The motors and switches of which PAM is built are wired with sufficient redundancies and self-adjusting behaviours to render her decisions at least quasi-random. This means that each of PAM’s paintings is a completely unique piece; and, if you accept the theory that abstract art gives you a way to see its creator’s mind, then each of these paintings is a visualization of the mind of a machine.
– Adam Shreckhise
Check out PAM’s paintings here.