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?

For a full survey of past Daily Pics visit

Follow Artnet News on Facebook:

Want to stay ahead of the art world? Subscribe to our newsletter to get the breaking news, eye-opening interviews, and incisive critical takes that drive the conversation forward.


Article topics
Subscribe or log in to read the rest of this content.

You are currently logged into this Artnet News Pro account on another device. Please log off from any other devices, and then reload this page continue. To find out if you are eligible for an Artnet News Pro group subscription, please contact [email protected]. Standard subscriptions can be purchased on the subscription page.

Log In