Commissioned Paintings from Wushipu, Xiamen, China, 2009
Oil paintings ordered over the internet, Dimensions Variable
Almost two thirds of the world’s oil paintings are produced cheaply in China and a large number of these are sold over the internet, raising questions of reproduction, authorship and copyright. These commissioned paintings represent a variety of experiments; painted feedback loops, open-ended instructional paintings, and paintings corrupted by digital transmission errors. They investigate the system in which these paintings are created, and more importantly directly address some of the individual painters’ aesthetics and ideas. This series of commissioned paintings blurs the boundaries between human creativity and machine-like, systematic intelligence.