The first image results from Google searches for G.W. Bush signing into law the Patriot Act, the Homeland Security Act and the Intelligence Reform Act are distorted with Photoshop’s ‘Content-Aware’ Fill algorithm and then recreated as synthetic paintings by an autonomous painting script. The fully code-driven image-making aims to mirror current problematic systems of counter-terrorism, security and surveillance that were codified into law by the Bush administration. The magnitude and complexity of these covert operations are increasingly resolved through the use of databases and algorithmic procedures, indefinitely activating the code of law.
I don’t have a better photo of this piece as its gone straight from the printers to the gallery in NYC, but this is a reprint of a piece I first made in 2012 and I’ve managed to considerably improve the colours using new contrast and saturation algorithms. Its almost impossible to see which facets are pointing inward or outward, or where the light is really coming from. Shot with the appropriate background it should be hard to determine whether this would be a bad photo-realistic render or ‘real’. I’m thinking of exploring these visual illusions further.