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Garbage In, Garbage Out: Topography



I began this work by surveying participants to search for objects in one of my paintings in order to train a convolutional neural network (CNN) to generate new interpretive images. The resulting visuals inform an integrated sculptural projection. I unintentionally prompted viewers to seek the work’s most legible objects, even if they were sparsely present. Our draw to the most evident patterns in our vision leads us to perceive a world defined by tangibility. By training the CNN to find specific objects like lightbulbs, it sought and rendered lightbulb geometries where no viewer would; consequently, its view of my work became visually defined by this obsession. When one relies on preconceptions, pursuing the ideas that grab attention fastest, nuance must break through sometimes and clear up the picture. “GIGO” is a reminder of how perceptual misconceptions manifest existential impacts when we idolize the judgement of machine visions and hastily seek technological gateways to concretize our thoughts.
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Sam is a multimedia artist from Boston exploring perception's role in the creative process and in conveying and understanding the intrapersonal experience. He conceptualizes future possibilities and questions regarding direct expression of thought. Inspired by the visual language of pattern recognition, Sam references pareidolia, surreal automatism, dreams, and artificial neural networks in his practice. Sam’s art has been featured in the Herbert F. Johnson Museum and 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, the Elsie Dinsmore Popkin ’58 Art Award, and the 2020 Edith Adams & Walter King Stone Award in recognition of work filled with promise in advance of his thesis year.