Siebren Versteeg Turns His Computer Into Painting’s Terminator

THE DAILY PIC: At Bitforms, Versteeg's software makes paintings as good—or bad—as the ones the art world loves.

THE DAILY PIC (#1780): These fabulous paintings by Siebren Versteeg, on view at Bitforms Gallery in New York, aren’t. Paintings, that is. Every detail in them, including even the texture of the canvas they are “painted” on, is generated by software that Versteeg has written. They take the piss out of the art world’s ever-renewed obsession with pigment slapped onto canvas, and its tolerance for all the clichés that come with it. Not zombie abstractions, this time, but the cyborg variety – Seven of Nine in a painter’s smock and beret. Or could they yet function as painting’s Terminator?

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