COLLAGE ON VIEW
Douglas Tausik Ryder: Your Myth Here
at PRJCTLA in Los Angeles, California, USA
11 March-22 April 2023
“Your Myth Here” by Douglas Tausik Ryder is the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States after moving to England’s countryside at the onset of the pandemic. This is the artist’s first show expanding his woodworking and digital medium to include AI and collage. The exhibition was curated by Carl Berg, founder of PRJCTLA.
“Your Myth Here” presents a series of five large-scale new works, which stand up to 9 feet tall. The monumental pieces explore the role of traditional sculptures and collective ideas within a society absorbed by mass media.
The exhibition showcases the artist’s new thematic collection of sculptures, using industrial processes for exploring art, a metaphor for the effect of technology on our psyches. He creates this visual metaphor by hollowing out familiar cultural subjects and overlaying them with artificially generated and distorted mass media collage.
The artist’s new work adds to his established body of work in wood by adding collage generated with Stable Diffusion, an AI engine. He inputs and refines images with coding and search criteria from a cloud database. The images are further manipulated with more traditional technology, such as Photoshop, but then printed on etching paper and cut and collaged by hand. Some see Tausik Ryder as pioneering, or even first, in his complete control of the digital and analog processes. From coding industrial tools and generating AI seeds to tactile wood assembly and hand collage, he modernizes an ancient artform to create powerful visual metaphors.
Using Artificial Intelligence in art can be fraught, and Tausik Ryder’s new exhibition, “Your Myth Here,” does not form a moral stance on the question of AI, but rather a philosophical questioning of its consequences.
(text adapted from material provided by the gallery)
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