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Artist Talk with Tiffany Calvert

June 8, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Free and open to the public

Please join us on Wednesday, June 8th for an artist talk with Tiffany Calvert, whose work Untitled #320 is on view at 21c Louisville in the exhibition  Still, Life! Mourning, Meaning, Mending. The program will focus on her latest series of works that address the digital counterpart to painting and question whether artificial intelligence can make creative choices.

In early 2020, Calvert began creating a series of works in which she collaborates with artificial intelligence. By feeding a dataset of historical still life paintings into an AI model, she trains the machine to interpret and generate new images, which she then prints in large format and paints onto, responding to and disrupting the machine-generated image. “The fictional nature of my images highlights the parallel between the original Dutch paintings and digital images that circulate today as currencies of many kinds,” says the artist. “In my practice, I am equally concerned with technology and painting, the dialogue I have built between abstraction and the genre of still life painting, and the questions of painterly skill and decision-making that are elicited by using machine intelligence.”

During the talk and conversation led by Alice Gray Stites, 21c Museum Director and Chief Curator, Calvert will share the process she employs to create these works and the technical, artistic, and ethical sides of artistic collaboration with artificial intelligence.

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About Tiffany Calvert
Tiffany Calvert’s paintings incorporate diverse technologies, including fresco, 3D modeling, and data manipulation. John Yau, in his Hyperallergic profile, compares their “improvisational riffs and fractured views” to de Kooning. Calvert’s work has been exhibited at the Lawrimore Project (Seattle, WA), E.TAY Gallery (NY), the Speed Museum (Louisville, KY), the Susquehanna Art Museum (PA), and Cadogan Contemporary (London, UK), among others. Residencies include the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, I-Park, and ArtOmi International Arts Center where she received a Geraldine R. Dodge Fellowship. Calvert has received grants from the Great Meadows Foundation and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. She is Associate Professor of Art and Graduate Director at the Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville and a member of Tiger Strikes Asteroid  curatorial collective.

Left: Tiffany Calvert, Untitled #320, 2018. Oil and digital print on canvas.
Right: Tiffany Calvert, #368, 2021. Oil on water based latex print on canvas.


June 8, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free and open to the public
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