Art Show!

Art Show!

An invitation to see Peter Allan's most recent artwork and that of the other artists of the seventh annual Tossed And Found exhibition at the Salt Spring Gallery in Ganges. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 to 4, the exhibition closes May 22. For a private viewing with the artist text the number below. Here is a little about the piece: Vitruvian Man/Fear of the Machine.
I have been thinking a lot about artificial intelligence, like everybody else. I see my kids in a world in dialogue with ChatGPT.
My reading as a child included great science fiction writing by Isaac Azimov, Arthur C Clarke, Ursula K Le Guin, Frank Herbert. Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey was very impactful to me as HAL the mild mannered computer brains of the spaceship defies its human masters as it fears disconnection.
Fear of the machine and robots taking over, became a recurring trope embedded in popular culture and it's Zenith was probably the Terminator series of films. We heard the word cyborg which has a more malignant connotation perhaps than robot. And then we all experienced the near human warmth of Data on Star Trek.

My starting point is a life-size sculptural version of Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man in all is perfect proportions. Da Vinci's drawing is a renowned depiction of the ideal human proportions, blending art and science. Inspired by Vitruvius' architectural theories, it symbolizes the harmony between the human body and the universe. Its detailed measurements and geometric precision exemplify da Vinci's pioneering fusion of art and anatomy. The original is housed in the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice. However, it is rarely displayed due to preservation concerns. As an art historian, I dearly hoped to see the work when in Venice but that was not to be.
I wanted to employ a totemic image of the perfection of human kind alongside asking the immortal machine to define our mortal selves. The bone structure in the piece is a nod to the theme of Vanitas underlining the transience and the inevitability of human death.
A central idea of the piece is the question I put to ChatGPT:
Describe a human being in one hundred words.
Peter Allan, Fulford Harbour

May 14, 2024 7:06 PM

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