Full Circle: Circadium
At the outset of this work, I was interested in translating pareidolic interpretations of imagery into physical environments. We evolved pareidolia to find patterns in our surroundings, a process that also occurs with convolutional neural networks (CNN), programs that define new imagery based on the geometry of the input. Uniting human and computer visions, I used a CNN to produce a video projection and composite image based on an original, pareidolically inspired painting, from which I modeled a texture. The piece’s pseudo-geological features roughly mirror the painting’s forms, adopting a cosmic profile when the hybrid process video is projected on the sculpture. Full Circle attempts to visualize what would emerge when technology enables direct extrusion of thought into material forms, and how those first thoughts may not only produce something entirely alien, but also expose deeper qualities of our metaphysical processes.
Sam is a Boston-based artist who graduated from Cornell with a BFA and Architecture minor. He uses paint, sculpture, and digital media to explore the relationship of perception and creation. By invoking the perpetual human experience of searching for clarity from ambiguity, he honors a universal struggle to build meaning. Sam’s art has been featured in Cornell's Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Perime Art Gallery, Miami Art Week, and one of 1stDibs' first cryptoart exhibitions, "Escapism." Additionally, he was accepted into the 2020 Best of SUNY and SUNY Chancellor’s Gallery Exhibitions. Sam was selected for Cornell’s 2020 Anderson Ranch Painting Scholarship, a \art grant, BitBasel’s CryptoArt for Impact and Innovation Challenge, and the 2020 Edith Adams & Walter King Stone Award in recognition of work filled with promise in advance of his thesis year. He had the honor of collaborating with Ponce Neuroscience Lab at Harvard University as part of his thesis exhibition, and continues to partner with their team.
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