It is a part of her Latenttuce series for her book, The Book of veGAN.
While I know these are supposed to be lettuces, I couldn’t help but looking at them like they were raw chunks of meat… The texture is so wonderfully lumpy and bulbous in spots. As many of you already know I am super into these kinds of fleshy/bodily textures, so this one really caught my eye.
I find this particular image from Helena Sarin intriguing in that I don’t want to believe it’s generated–I want to believe this is a painting, with brushes and existence outside a screen and all, like so many other images of flowers in vases I’ve seen; to have to grapple with the fact that it is not that makes me frustrated in an interesting way, so I thought maybe I could share that feeling with another viewer by choosing this as my post.
After looking at all those artists’ works, it was so hard choosing just one that caught my eye. I loved all of Helena Sarin’s work, but something about this generative piece by Manolo Gamboa Naon really drew me in. I love how almost… unsettled and creeped out it makes me feel. My favorite kind of art is the type that makes me uncomfortable.
Zach Lieberman calls this generative artwork ‘simple’. I was drawn to this specific artwork because it related to my instructional drawing with the ABC’s. I think the instructions I gave, could be written in code to produce the same image I created. In addition, it would be interesting to apply this to my interest in graphic design.
The project reminded me of traditional patterns seen in ancient East Asian prints, and given my interest in organic patterns, the artwork emulated the flexibility of flowing water or the residue from smoke after a fire.
I was particularly drawn to this Helena Sarin “#latentdoodle” because although it is a non-representational piece, this AI-generated work has a composition and texture that reminds me of the appearance of sand or salt under a microscope.
This project was interesting to me because of the apparent dimensionality of the lines being drawn. The forks in the hairlike form, and the subsequent clumping of lines makes the flow and orientation of the lines drawn very believable.
I was scrolling through his profile, admiring the works but not necessarily feeling drawn to any, before I saw this; it draws parallels in my mind to “The Rose” by Jay DeFeo, which similarly was a merger of geometric patterns surrounding a central space. “The Rose” is one of my favorite paintings ever made because of its sculptural qualities.